The Declaration Of Independence - Original Writing

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The Declaration of Independence is one of the most well-known documents in history. The Hollywood movie, National Treasure, helped reintroduce it to a whole new generation of Americans. In the movie, the main character emphasises one key section, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
These words provide the rationale for why the American colonists felt it was within their right to revolt against the British Empire. Eighty-four years later, the states that formed the Confederate States of America felt their future security was being threatened by such a government. This government, however, was not three thousand miles away across a vast ocean. Rather, it was their own government, operating under a Constitution these states helped to write and approve that was, in their mind, threatening to destroy their way of life.
The first state to leave the United States was South Carolina, which unanimously voted to secede on 20 December 1860. Over the next six months, ten more states would follow. The process differed in each state and the votes were not all unanimous, such as in Virginia, where a vast majority of delegates from what is now West Virginia voted against secession. In fact, secession was in many cases passed by a relatively small majority. On 20 May…
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