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Importance Of The Declaration Of Independence

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Important Ideals of Independence Imagine a world in which America never came to be. A world where Thomas Jefferson never went on to write the Declaration of Independence, a document that is considered one of the most famous and important documents in American history, and thus the 13 colonies were never set free from Great Britain's control. Instead, we would still be nothing more than second-class British citizens who were not guaranteed any of the basic liberties that we as Americans enjoy today. Luckily, this is not the case as we know it. The Declaration of Independence was written and did guarantee us certain rights which include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, consent of the governed, the right to alter or abolish government, and equality. Influenced by various documents from many different authors, it protected us from the same things Great Britain wanted to take away. Though all four ideals are undeniably significant, the question is, which paramount ideal is above the rest? The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is found in the Declaration where it states “... that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”According to Document B, Andrew Sullivan’s interpretation of this concept was “I believe in life… that should never be destroyed… I believe in liberty. I believe that within every soul lies the [ability] to reach for its own good… I
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