The Declaration Of Independence : An Influential Text

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The reasons for such an influential text as the Declaration of Independence can be defined in its written structure. First listed were the most important abuses and usurpations the colonists felt they had suffered at the hands of Great Britain. The 27 grievances forced the British to not only face their own crimes, but for the rest of the world to face them as well. To bolster the evidence of the colonies’ failed attempts at nonviolent reconciliation, requests for previous negotiations were expressed in the second section. Finally, an ideal picture of the new government to be put in place once free from British rule was presented, granting rights denied by the Crown. As stated by Thomas Jefferson in the Preamble, “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another,…a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Colonists believed putting their complaints in writing for King George III would follow a diplomatic process sufficient enough for a response without retaliation as well as changes in Britain’s dealings with the colonists. In essence, it was a last ditch effort to have their voices heard. One of the biggest disputes between Great Britain and the American colonies was the issue of taxes. Although the colonists viewed themselves as standing British citizens, they had minimal to no
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