Text Commentary of the Declaration of Independence

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Text Commentary of the Declaration of Independence


This is a text commentary about ‘The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America’. The Declaration of Independence is a juridical and legal document written sometime between June 11 and June 28, 1776. The reason for that lapse of time is because a draft of the declaration was asked to a group of five delegates of the Continental Congress on June 11, called ‘The Committee of Five’, consisting of John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut, but it remains unknown when exactly was
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Americans living in the British colonies didn’t feel like living in liberty being under the tyranny of King George III. Their happiness (the one they once thought they’d find leaving the Old World) was far from being achieved under so many taxes. Jefferson defended the idea

that these rights must be secured by governments instituted by men, and that when these governments become destructive of these rights, the people have the right to abolish those institutions and to create new ones in order to secure their principles. Further in this same long second paragraph, Jefferson accuses King George III (he doesn’t name him directly, but it is obvious that he makes him responsible because King George III was the person holding the highest position in the British Government at that moment) of despotism, and of having established a tyranny over the States. Thomas Jefferson enumerates a series of facts to prove the right to dissolve the political bands with the mother country. Summing up some of the next paragraphs Jefferson refers to the lack of Colonial representation in the governing British Parliament, and many colonists considered some of the laws of the British Government to be illegitimate and a violation of their rights as Englishmen, due to the fact that the British Crown adopted the policy that the colonies should pay an increased proportion of the
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