The Declaration Of Independence As Said By Thomas Jefferson

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The Declaration of Independence as said by Thomas Jefferson is “an expression of the American Mind”. Jefferson along with John Locke and other English constitutionalist theorists detailed the abuses by George III, brilliantly summarizing the views of the colonist who were seeking distance from England. Many of these grievances were politically shaped, others dealt with the American economy. The first one states “For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world”. Instead of allowing the colonist free commercial trade with other nations, the home government did all in its power to restrict them to trade exclusively with Great Britain. Favorable and profitable trade with the Spanish and French was destroyed. The mother land was ruining America’s web they built for trading. Another major grievance was “For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent”, believing that Great Britain had an unquestionable right to tax its colonies on all foreign goods imported by the Americans. This is when the term “no taxation without representation” was born. The next is “For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.” This grievance dealt with the fact that British policy stated with absolute clarity that in belief the British government could simply do as it pleased with the American people almost as if that people were its slaves. The king had full control over the colonies and all of the decisions that were
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