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Title: The Declaration of Independence


1
The Declaration of Independence
  • Many historians consider this document the most
    important protest document in the history of man.

2
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
  • RI HAD ALREADY DECLARED INDEPENDENCE--MAY 4, 1776
  • RICHARD LEE OF VA. ASKED CONGRESS TO SEPARATE
    FROM BRITAIN AND ESTABLISH AN INDEPENDENT
    UNION--JUNE 7, 1776
  • COMMITTEE FORMED TO WRITE A DECLARATION--THOMAS
    JEFFERSON, JOHN ADAMS BEN FRANKLIN

3
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
  • JULY 2, 1776, THE DECLARATION IS APPROVED 12-0
    WITH NY ABSTAINING
  • JULY 4, 1776, JOHN HANCOCK SIGNS IN LARGE LETTERS
    SO THAT THE KING CAN READ MY NAME WITHOUT HIS
    SPECTACLES
  • ALL OTHERS SIGN ON AUGUST 2, 1776
  • MANY BELIEVE THAT THEY HAD SIGNED THEIR OWN DEATH
    WARRANT.
  • JEFFERSON(THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE)
    GIVEN THE JOB OF WRITING THE DOCUMENT
  • MOST THOUGHT THAT THE DOCUMENT ITSELF WOULD NOT
    BE VERY SIGNIFICANT--JUST A FOOTNOTE IN HISTORY

4
THE DECLARATION IS DIVIDED INTO 3 PARTS
  • PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION--THE PREAMBLE--WHY IT
    WAS WRITTEN
  • POLITICAL FOUNDATION--THE BODY OF THE
    DOCUMENT--WHAT THE KING AND PARLIAMENT HAS DONE
    TO BREAK THE CONTRACT
  • PRACTICAL FOUNDATION--THE CONCLUSION--STATES THAT
    THE COLONIES ARE NOW A FREE NATION

5
PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION
  • WHY THE DECLARATION WAS WRITTEN
  • WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT.
  • ANY GOVERNMENT AND ITS CITIZENS HAVE A CONTRACT.
  • THE GOVERNMENTS ONLY JOB IS TO PROTECT THE
    RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS
  • A GOVERNMENT ONLY EXISTS WITH THE CONSENT OF THE
    GOVERNED
  • WHEN A GOVERNMENT STOPS DOING ITS JOB-BROKEN THE
    CONTRACT-THEN THE CITIZENS SHOULD GET RID OF THE
    GOVERNMENT AND START A NEW ONE

6
POLITICAL FOUNDATION
  • LISTS ALL THE THINGS THE KING AND PARLIAMENT HAS
    DONE TO BREAK THE CONTRACT
  • LISTS ALL THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE KING HE
    HAS
  • THIS LIST THE ACTIONS OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT
    (KING PARLIAMENT)WHICH HAS LED TO THE LOSS OF
    COLONIAL RIGHTS

7
PRACTICAL FOUNDATION
  • THE CONCLUSION
  • SAID THAT THE COLONIES ARE NOW THE UNITED STATES
    OF AMERICA
  • ALL TIES WITH GREAT BRITAIN WERE CUT
  • A NEW COUNTRY AND NATION WAS FORMED

8
For more information on the most enduring
protest document in human history just click on
the declaration.
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