The Declaration Of The United States

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The Mayflower Compact of 1620, a document based on the Magna Carta of 1215, established what would be the basic laws and morals for the first American Colonists. Colonists were then subjects of the British Monarchy, and expansion to The Americas was beneficial to England’s fast growing empire. The eventual expansion of the thirteen colonies (classified as the Northern, the Middle, and the Southern Colonies) allowed English expansion of trade. However, in 1770, Colonists revolted against England in a sequence of deliberate acts, such as the Tea Act and the Stamp Act, mainly involving unnecessary taxation of Colonists. Rising tensions eventually resulted in a Revolutionary War between England and the Colonies; The Thirteen Colonies won the war. It was the Treaty of Paris (1783) that finally ended all ties with Britain; America would claim its identity as its own. The Declaration of Independence (1776), written by only educated white men – Thomas Jefferson (Southern Colony), Benjamin Franklin (Middle Colony), and John Adams (Northern Colony) - established the basic rights that citizens were entitled to in a free country. However, this document contradicted the Constitution’s claim that all men were created equal, particularly in racial and gender identifiers such as slaves, Native Americans, and women. Slaves were essential in the economic development of the South. Most southerners considered slaves as property, only three-fifths of a man, and as a result, equality for
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