Hello, my name is , and I will be taking you through the first portion of the Declaration of Independence, which is the grievances against King George III. Raise your hand if you have heard of the Declaration of Independence before? (Wait for responses) Ok, great- Well what a lot of people don’t know about the Declaration of Independence is that it is really a letter of grievances against King George III.
The Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Written mainly by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration justified the independence of the United States by listing colonial grievances against King George III. The most important of which included the following.
•Parliament passed laws that the colonists considered unjust.
•The colonists had no direct representation in Parliament.
•The colonists were unable to sell products to any country except Britain.
•To force colonists to buy English products, Parliament placed high taxes on French and Dutch goods.
•Parliament expected the colonists to help pay the costs of the French and Indian War.
In 1774 before the Declaration of Independence was written, 12 of the 13 original colonies were represented in the first continental congress to ask for more power from the king. The king rejected them and considered traitors. Rejection was the last thing these colonies could handle.
in 1775 the first battles between the British and the Colonists occur at Lexington and Concord. Also later in 1775 the second continental congress meets to discuss their next move, but some are still not ready to declare independence.
In January 1776, Thomas Paine releases his pamphlet Common Sense which states that it just “makes sense” to break away from England since the...