The Opinion Of The Declaration Of Independence

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The Right to a Revolution The fireworks we hear; the red, white and blue that we wear; the barbeques that we attend on July 4th are to show our patriotism in celebration of our freedom from Britain. It is our nation’s birthday. This freedom began with the signing of a very important document called the Declaration of Independence. In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Benjamin Franklin, and signed by John Hancock. It was written in a time of turmoil between the 13 original colonies and Britain. It has three parts – the preamble, indictment and conclusion. The Declaration was written to provide a theoretical case for revolution, to list complaints against the King, and to declare the 13 colonies independent from Britain (R. Hole). The preamble is the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. It refers to a theory of natural rights as a reason for revolution. The opening of the Declaration declares that all men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What exactly does this mean? People naturally have the right to be alive and live their lives to the fullest means possible; people are born free and should remain free and unshackled; and people have the right to pursue things that bring them joy and allow personal growth. The threat of eminent war becomes clear in the first paragraph, “When in the course of human events, it becomes
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