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Declaration of Independence
Transcript of Declaration of Independence
For centuries, most people lived as subjects or slaves to various monarchs (Gardner 1). Any individual enjoyment of life or property was by permission, not by right (Gardner 1). America changed that. Alone among nations, America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights (Gardner 1).
The first few paragraphs of the Declaration summarize the nitty-gritties of that philosophy. The great men who founded our nation declared that your life, liberty, property, and right to pursue happiness belong to you, not the state or anyone else (Gardner 1). In the remarkable words of Ben Franklin, they gave us, not mob rule democracy, but a republic (Gardner 1).
The Declaration of Independence has great significance to the American people because it is what led our independence from King George III.
The Declaration also plays a significant role in our world today and in recent history. It is because of the words in the document that women are now treated the same as men and that all races are treated equally.
. However, without the words of one of our founding fathers Thomas Jefferson, some of the civil rights that have been passed today may never have come to light (Feldman 1). These are a few of the many reasons the Declaration of Independence is so significant to everyone.
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When crowds of American colonists and British soldiers began combat against one another in April 1775, the Americans were apparently fighting only for their rights as subjects of the British crown (Jefferson 1).
The Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence--written mainly by Jefferson--in Philadelphia on July 4, a date now celebrated as the birth of American independence (Jefferson 1).