A Comparison of the Founding Documents for the United States of America

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A Comparison of the Founding Documents for the United States of America Liberty University A Comparison of the Founding Documents for the United States of America This document will provide a brief comparison and synopsis of some of the most important writings of our time: The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, and the U.S. Constitution. Also, this will be an analysis of what I believe the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution thought about the separation of church and state, as well as God from government. The Declaration of Independence was written on July 4, 1776 by Thomas Jefferson. Its purpose was to officially separate the colonies from Great Britain…show more content…
I tried defining specific things in the Constitution such as ‘secure blessings of liberty (Delegates, 2015).’ Secure can mean to make something stay where it is; to stay put. A blessing is something that can be good provided by a higher being (God) and liberty means freedom. Therefore ‘secure blessings of liberty’ means to make sure the good things we have (blessings) because of a higher being (God) and our freedom stays put and or not taken away from us. With the above synopsis of the three important documents, I can now really compare them all. The Declaration is a statement to declare freedom and separate from Great Britain, listing all the horrible things the king did for the colonies’ reason to become independent, while the U.S. Constitution was written after, to be more specific to the government and how that should be run. The Declaration was more of a broad, almost philosphical view of what the US should be. The Constitution lays out the new government stating there will be a Congress, President, and a Supreme Court. It further details the powers of each branch and how each should be run. The Constitution was written by respresentatives of all the states; however the Declaration was written by Jefferson and revised by the delegates of the 13 colonies. The letter Jefferson wrote to the Danburry Baptists sparked a debate about the separation between church and state and what that really means. There have been many interpretations of that over the
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