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The Declaration of Independence

Declare something.
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Kyle Nguyen

on 17 February 2014

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Transcript of The Declaration of Independence

Joshua Brooks and Kyle Nguyen
John
The Declaration of Independence
John Locke's ideas' influence
John Locke's Ideas
The Purpose of Government
John Locke believed that the purpose of government is to protect people's rights. If there was no government, there would be conflict between individuals' rights.
The Blank Slate
The Blank Slate is the idea that everyone is born with no special talents or knowledge. The Founding Fathers interpreted this as all being created equal.
Locke
The Declaration is born
Legacy of the Declaration
Natural Rights
Pursuit of Happiness
Life
The way someone or something prospers and fights to survive their life and keep their life going.
Liberty
People want to be as free as possible to make their own decisions about how to live.
People have the right to advance to their goals and look towards their future to find glee.
The Colonist's Point of View vs. The King's
John Locke was born in England in 1632. His ideas affected many of the Founding Fathers, particularly Thomas Jefferson, one of the leaders of the American Revolution. His ideas greatly influenced the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
The colonists didn't like the King's ideas about how he taxed them for virtually nothing. The king also bought cheap items in England in which we sold them to the colonists for a pretty penny. The colonists took some of the tea that the king sold to them and pushed it in to what is know today known as Boston Harbor. The King just saw the colonists as a way to generate more wealth for himself. The colonists also didn't like how the King was being unfair in the laws that he passed. They believed that they should have the freedom to do things like believe in the religion that they wanted to. They wanted to rule their own government and have their own rights.
The Birth Of America's Independence
The Declaration of Independence was a very important part on how the people lived in America before we won our Freedom. The Declaration dramatically effected the way Americans lived their lives after the war. There are many ways the Declaration changed life in America for example freedom from the English tyranny was one. We got to choose our religion as well. Also in America people were happier and enjoyed their lives more away from the kings' rule.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Right, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
-Excerpt form the Declaration of Independence
In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was written and signed, signifying the beginning of the colonists' freedom from Great Britain.
By the people, for the people, of the people. Since 1776, the Declaration has been a sign of the Americans' perseverance and pursuit of freedom and rights. The Americans have changed and developed new ways of government and expressing their freedom.
Cuando en el curso de los acontecimientos humanos se hace necesario para un pueblo disolver los vínculos políticos que lo han ligado a otro y tomar entre las naciones de la tierra el puesto separado e igual a que las leyes de la naturaleza y el Dios de esa naturaleza le dan derecho, un justo respeto al juicio de la humanidad exige que declare las causas que lo impulsan a la separación.

Sostenemos que estas verdades son evidentes en sí mismas: que todos los hombres son creados iguales; que son dotados por su Creador de ciertos derechos inalienables; que entre éstos están la vida, la libertad y la búsqueda de la felicidad; que para garantizar estos derechos se instituyen entre los hombres los gobiernos, que derivan sus poderes legítimos del consentimiento de los gobernados; que cuando quiera que una forma de gobierno se haga destructora de estos principios, el pueblo tiene el derecho a reformarla o abolirla e instituir un nuevo gobierno que se funde en dichos principios, y a organizar sus poderes en la forma que a su juicio ofrecerá las mayores probabilidades de alcanzar su seguridad y felicidad. La prudencia, claro está, aconsejará que no se cambie por motivos leves y transitorios gobiernos de antiguo establecidos; y, en efecto, toda la experiencia ha demostrado que la humanidad está más dispuesta a padecer, mientras los males sean tolerables, que a hacerse justicia aboliendo las formas a que está acostumbrada. Pero cuando una larga serie de abusos y usurpaciones, dirigida invariablemente al mismo objetivo, demuestra el designio de someter al pueblo a un despotismo absoluto, es su derecho, es su deber, derrocar ese gobierno y establecer nuevos resguardos para su futura seguridad. Tal ha sido el paciente sufrimiento de estas colonias; tal es ahora la necesidad que las obliga a reformar su anterior sistema de gobierno La historia del actual Rey de la Gran Bretaña es una historia de repetidos agravios y usurpaciones, encaminados todos directamente hacia el establecimiento de una tiranía absoluta sobre estos estados. Para probar esto, sometemos los hechos al juicio de un mundo imparcial.

El Rey se ha negado a aprobar las leyes más favorables y necesarias para el bienestar público.

Ha prohibido a sus gobernadores sancionar leyes de importancia inmediata y apremiante, a menos que su ejecución se suspenda hasta obtener su asentimiento; y una vez suspendidas se ha negado por completo a prestarles atención.

Se ha rehusado a aprobar otras leyes convenientes a grandes comarcas pobladas, a menos que esos pueblos renuncien al derecho de ser representados en la Legislatura; derecho que es inestimable para el pueblo y terrible sí, para los tiranos.

Ha convocado a los cuerpos legislativos en sitios desusados, incómodos y distantes del asiento de sus documentos públicos, con la sola idea de fatigarlos para cumplir con sus medidas.

En repetidas ocasiones ha disuelto las Cámaras de Representantes, por oponerse con firmeza viril a sus intromisiones en los derechos del pueblo.

Durante mucho tiempo, y después de esas disoluciones, se ha negado a permitir la elección de otras Cámaras; por lo cual, los poderes legislativos, cuyo aniquilamiento es imposible, han retornado al pueblo, sin limitación para su ejercicio; permaneciendo el Estado, mientras tanto, expuesto a todos los peligros de una invasión exterior y a convulsiones internas.
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