The Declaration Of Independence

1330 Words 6 Pages
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed... (The Free Dictionary, 2014, para. 5)

Above, which avers the fundamental American idyllic government, is part of the opening paragraph of the most significant of all American historical documents, the Declaration of Independence. The very theory of natural rights dramatically influenced the conception of this starting paragraph. Natural rights is a political theory that strongly asserts
…show more content…
Turning back the hands of time, Americans were abused politically, economically, and inhumanely by the British colony 13 years before the Declaration of Independence was conceptualized. There were brutal killings like the firing of British soldiers to unarmed people, and over taxation that was prevalent at that time. The Americans were the source of income, so to speak, of the British government. They were forced to pay taxes to recover easily from the large debt that their tyrants acquired after the French and Indian War, which was the celebrated victory of England. This further led to the implementation of the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act to collect continuously more taxes from the people. The latter enraged the Americans more because it meant more monetary expenses for the people, since they used a lot of paper on things like newspapers and bills (White, 2002-6).

The Boston colonies became most furious when the Tea Tax was implemented by the British government. Tea business was one of major source of income of the Bostonians, hence they were dramatically affected by the effectuation of the Tea Tax. This very incident urged them to dump a whole boatload of tea into the Boston Harbor to show their great resentment and this was the historical Boston Tea Party. The British government reacted by closing the Boston Harbor, thence the Lexington and
Open Document