Argument Essay On The Declaration Of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Second Continental Congress, states the reasons why the British colonies in North America sought independence in July of 1776. The declaration is based on certain truths. All men are meant to be equal and to have certain rights, "unalienable rights", that the government should never take away. These rights include "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The introduction states the purpose of the document to declare the causes that urge the colonists to separate themselves from the British Crown. The second paragraph contains the philosophy upon which the declaration is based, stating that "all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights," that men institute governments to secure these rights, and that when government attempts to remove these rights, the governed have the right to rebel. Governments are created to secure certain constitutional rights, rights that are granted, not by government or man, but by God. The founding fathers felt that God should play an important part in the government of man. This is up to the individual and a right which, cannot be taken away by government. When government takes away these rights, the governed have just cause to overthrow or separate themselves from that government. Great Britain is guilty of attempting to take away the given rights; therefore, the colonists are justified in separating themselves
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