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2.01 Revolutionary Ideas
Transcript of 2.01 Revolutionary Ideas
2.01 Revolutionary Ideas
Created by: Wajih Haq
Instructor: Alan Willson
The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence was a statement formed in rebellion of the British Empire from the Thirteen British Colonies. It's introduction (Preamble) states the reasoning for the separation against King George III. As it continues, they reveal the 27 charges King George III committed - including a small excise section dedicated to Slavery (written only in Thomas Jefferson's Draft). Toward the end, they told of their repeated attempts for Petitions and neglected negotiations. Finally they concluded it with a summation of the Declaration, and the announcement of their New Government.
"That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
Natural and Individual Rights
"to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
This quote declares that the People should have the right to speak their mind and choose how and who should Govern them. It shows that the People come first and if the Form of Government which was appointed choose to veer off of this path- the People have the right to change them.
The People have the authority over the Government, and despite how it may seem- the Government must always follow the Rights of the People.
"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
The way people would be treated in the U.S. would henceforth be fair. No one would be able to strip them of their rights.
In my opinion, the Declaration of Independence reflects very high moral principles. It provides guidelines that all people (U.S citizens or not) should follow. Reading from the lessons, it helped reflects those important traits. I believe that the writers of the Declaration of Independence managed to accomplish what they were trying to achieve, as I've seen how the U.S. operates today. If I had been an American colonist I would have supported the Declaration of Independence completely because the future they had in mind for their people was equality, fairness, and as it states in the title- independence.