The Declaration of Independence and Constitution of
The United States of America
The United States Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776 by members of the Second Continental Congress in Independence Hall (then known as the Pennsylvania State House) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a means to cut ties and governance with mother England. Unbeknownst at the time, it also lay the philosophical basis to the United States Constitution, that all men are created equal. Declaring independence from England was only the first of two historical moments in our nation's history that set us onto the path of greatness that we travel upon today. Our forefathers so greatly believed in our new country and its independence that they risked their lives by signing The Declaration of Independence, for at the time, doing so was treason against England and was punishable by death and dismemberment. Fifty-six of these "traitors" would go on to sign the document, some of them later becoming president's themselves. Their intent to sever ties with England is directly spelled out in the first sentence of The Declaration of Independence, "When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another..." (http://www.archives.gov).
The United States Constitution
The United States Constitution, however, was signed by 38 of 41 delegates present at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Shay's Rebellion was a wake-up call to our forefathers as a call for a new all encompassing constitution and powerful government that included participation by all states while at the same time, limiting its powers through a system of checks and balances. Prior to the current Constitution, The United States was governed under the Articles of Confederacy. Unfortunately, this left the country with states acting almost like...
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