Declaration of Independence

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Brendan McGee
U.S History D.R Maroukis 9-18-2012 Declaration Of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is a document that was written by the

continental congress and tommas Jefferson in perticular to the king of england and

the english parlament. It was written as a statement to the english that the

colonnies were breaking off from the british empire.

They list all of the reasons leading up to this Decision made by the congress.

Some of the reasons for them wanting to declare Their independence are that the

king george refused to assent to laws that were for the publics good, he forbid his

goveners from passing laws of immediate importance unless he chose to suspend

them and whilst suspended he would utterly neglect them. King george also refused

to pass laws that gave large bodies of people the right of repersentation. He would

also call legeslative bodies togother At places far away from the places they ruled

just so they would consent to what he wanted them to. He also created new offices

just to harrass the people. Another thing that led to the collenists drafting the

declaration of independence was that theKing had kept standing armies in the

collonies during times of peace and forcing the citizens to quarter them in their own

houses. Tommas jefferson also lists that the king had cut off trade from the

colonnies to the rest of the world and imposed taxes unfairly on the colonies.

it is also listed that in many cases trial by jury was suspended and instead the

accused were shiped overseas for their trials. He also suspended many of the

legeslatures and declared power above all others. He also took away some of the

collenists most valuable laws and in doing so he fundamently alterd the forms of

the colonists goverment He also abdicated colonists government by declaring them

out of his protection and starting a war against them. Tommas jefferson goes on to

say that "He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and

destroyed the lives of our people'' this stands out to me as being one of the

strongest word choices in the entire declaretion of independence.

Tommas jefferson goes on to say that the english have started to ship large

standing armies over to the colonnies and also hiring foreign mercinrries to

continue the works of cruelty not equealed even in the barbarous ages. He

goes on to say that king gorge is unworth to be the head of a civilized nation.

Tomas jefferson also goes on to say that the king had offered freedom to any slave

that would take up arms aginst the colonies to kill their freinds and neighbors.

The author of the declartion of independence is largley considered to be tomas

Jefferson, He wrote the draft that was later reviewed and edited by the contintal

congress so for the most part the author was indeed Tomas jefferson who was

considered at the time to be one of the smartest people in the colonies and

afterwards as being one of the smartest presidents the united states ever had.

Tommas jefferson was a laywer by trade who owned many slaves and who also

married a widdow who also had her own slave family.

I firmly believe that some of jeffersons background fond its way into this

declartion of independence. For one most of the arguments he has made have been

mostly from a law standpoint instead of an ethical standpoint....
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