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2.01 Revolutionary Ideas
Transcript of 2.01 Revolutionary Ideas
Natacha Vincent - 6/22/2013 - Mrs. Caperna
The Declaration of Independence
Great Britain had long oppressed the colonists with heavy taxes and a restrictive government. Things were going wrong and the colonists were absolutely over being over powered and treated like peasants. When written, the Declaration of Independence had the purpose of being created for colonists to formally become independent from Great Britain. This document was more structured than a regular letter. It had 3 main components: their introduction and beliefs, list of grievances, and the formal declaration.
Social contract is the agreement among individuals by which society becomes organized and invested with the right to secure mutual protection and welfare. Both the citizens and the government falls on this social contract. The connection between the Declaration of Independence is that in the Declaration of Independence it is said that people will be part of decisions and if they don’t like it, they can change it.
Natural & Individual Rights
These rights are what all individuals have. Those rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These rights share the values of equality, freedom, and justice. These rights can’t be taken away from anyone by any means whatsoever. It’s up to the government to ensure that those rights are protected. These rights are maintained by the government making sure the every citizens have the chance to receive anything that they might need.
Do the Declaration of Independence upholds the political principles Americans value?
I do believe that the Declaration of Independence upholds the political principles Americans value. Its maintaining the political principles very well. Especially with the idea of the freedom of speech, religion and etc. The only thing that was wrong with before was that women couldn't vote or anything else. However that changed later in the years.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
There is a well known connection between popular sovereignty and the Declaration of Independence. Overall the term of popular sovereignty means the people choose how the government works. Popular sovereignty allows the people to come together and make the government as fair as they can. In the Declaration of Independence the formation of many of the statements in it shows the political power that the citizens have. The idea that people are the roots of power and also the government is made very clear in the Declaration of Independence.
"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, "