Response to Jefferson's Declaration of Independence Essay

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The American Declaration of Independence has affected the foundation of the United States more than any other event or document in American history. The Declaration of Independence was the basis for what the country was established on. The document was a way for the colonists to emancipate themselves from the cruelty of King George. This document had such an impacting effect because it was such a new way of bringing up concerns. It was the first of its kind in the history of America in the aspect of liberation of a group of people. Jefferson's text was extremely taboo especially without the support of a reputable country. Thomas Jefferson's words were also courageous and daring. In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson used the…show more content…
Critical Reading: 1. The laws of nature that Jefferson is referring to in paragraph one are in regards to the laws that human beings have upon birth. The only set laws that humans have to abide by are the Natural Laws that they receive from God which hold true anywhere in the world and to any person in the world. Jefferson's logic, although very genuine, did have a flaw. His beliefs did not match his actions. Jefferson believed in the equality of humans but he was also known for condoning slavery and having slaves himself. Jefferson is rumored to have had a slave mistress, which I find quite interesting. He did want the Western territories to be free of slavery and he has been recorded as being one of the few "good" slave owners, yet at the same time he does contradict himself by owning slaves and disregarding the institution of slavery. 2. I believe that Jefferson feels that the function of government is to serve the people. Whatever things the people need or demand the government should be able to provide and/or offer its people. The very reason we have man-made governments is to protect our natural rights, not to interfere with them. The power and authority governments have are given with the people's consent and limited to their protection. The people elect the government because the people believe that those in power will be adequate enough to take care of
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