The Declaration of Independence

by Thomas Jefferson
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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence views the source of government and legitimacy as ultimately grounded within God-given natural rights. Jefferson famously states, We hold these truths to be...

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The Declaration of Independence

There are many different varieties of social contract theory, but what all of them have in common is the notion that there is some kind of agreement between those who govern and those who are...

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The entire Declaration of Independence is saturated with Enlightenment-era ideas and influences, the most noticeable and famous of which stem from John Locke. It can itself be labeled a product of...

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The Declaration of Independence

Borrowing heavily from the ideas of John Locke, the Declaration of Independence is ultimately based in the assumption that governments are founded to uphold and protect the natural rights of the...

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The Declaration of Independence

A good understanding of the audience of the Declaration of Independence begins with the simple recognition that prior to the American Revolution the colonists considered themselves British...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020, 12:54 pm (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence has no legal standing today but is important as a foundational document that has helped create the American identity and mythology of a nation based on equality. The...

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The Declaration of Independence

According to the Declaration of Independence, the common people have a right to rebel and overthrow a government that abuses its power and oppresses them. The Declaration of Independence bases this...

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The Declaration of Independence

The first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence introduces the topic at hand. Similar to an essay one may write for a literature or history class, this paragraph serves to ensure that the...

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence says that the power of the government comes from the consent of the people. This is one of the main ideas of John Locke’s thought, which strongly influenced Thomas...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016, 9:11 pm (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

One of the most important points made by Jefferson in the opening of the Declaration of Independence, one that is easy to overlook given what follows the first paragraph, is Jefferson's argument...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019, 6:53 pm (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is not a list of rights but was rather a declaration of war. The legal rights of the American people would not be officially put on paper until fifteen years later...

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The Declaration of Independence

One audience for the Declaration of Independence was the American colonists. In the document, Jefferson lays out the argument for forming a new nation. He lists the goals of the new government—this...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019, 5:33 am (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to accept the Declaration of Independence, the famous document that declared the American colonies to be independent from Great Britain. Almost a...

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The Declaration of Independence

Limiting the answer to the first paragraph alone, Jefferson's use of the phrase "a decent respect to the opinions of mankind" can be construed as an appeal to emotion. Strictly speaking, the...

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in American history, for it proclaims the thirteen colonies to be the United States of America, free and independent forever...

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Thomas Jefferson opens the Declaration of Independence with one very long sentence stating why it was necessary to be written. When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019, 6:39 pm (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

The thesis of the Declaration of Independence was that the colonies deserved their independence, since the right to three basic things—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—came from a power...

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence was written by American colonists to communicate their rebellion against the kingdom of Great Britain. There were several reasons for writing this document and...

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The Declaration of Independence

There are two main parts to this excerpt from the beginning to the Declaration of Independence. The first is a statement of purpose, telling why the document was written and signed. Basically, it...

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The Declaration of Independence

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson argues that the King of England does not have any respect for the laws of the colonies and does not care about the rights that those laws are...

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence states that it is the laws of nature and the God that created those laws which determine the separate and equal station of a people. What the Declaration is trying...

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The Declaration of Independence

When drafting the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, as well as those who reviewed and commented on his draft, including Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, recognized that any such...

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The Declaration of Independence

While most of the Declaration of Independence outlines what are, in the opinion of the colonists, the tyrannies imposed on them by George III's rule, Jefferson invokes God in the opening sentence...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019, 2:43 am (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

In drafting the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson (along with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and other members of a committee assigned to prepare this seminal document) knew that he had...

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The Declaration of Independence

The founding fathers wrote, in their Declaration of Independence from England, that the basis of the document is their belief that "all men are created equal" and that each man is granted, by God,...

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The Declaration of Independence

The main contradiction inherent in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights at the time they were written is the difference between the words in the documents and their practical...

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When the Declaration of Independence accuses King George III of “repeated injuries and usurpations,” it generally means that the British monarch has treated his American subjects with contempt. As...

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This phrase from the Declaration of Independence could be paraphrased as such: The King has denied his governors the liberty to pass crucial, time-sensitive laws without first receiving explicit...

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The Declaration of Independence

According to the Declaration of Independence, we—the people of the nation—give the government the power to govern. The preamble to the Declaration of Independence begins with the extremely famous...

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The phrase "separate and equal station" in the Declaration of Independence relates to the declaration's central idea that the American colonies ought to be a free and independent nation. Thomas...

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The Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson uses a number of rhetorical devices with the purpose of embellishing his writing of the Declaration of Independence and to emphasize its points. At times he employs metaphorical...

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The Declaration of Independence

The last paragraph of the Declaration of Independence reiterates that the citizens of the “united Colonies” are no longer interested in being colonies of Great Britain. They are intent on telling...

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The Declaration of Independence

The preamble to the Declaration of Independence includes its most famous words: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with...

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The Declaration of Independence

According to the Declaration of Independence, there are times when it is acceptable for a people to end the relationship between them (the people) and the government. According to the Declaration...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2015, 2:47 am (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson, the great writer, philosopher, orator, and Founding Father, was largely responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence in a short period of time, during which the...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016, 9:17 pm (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

Jefferson meant in writing The Declaration of Independence to justify the war the colonists were waging to free themselves from British rule. His chief audience included fellow colonists who,...

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The Declaration of Independence

According to the theory underpinning the Declaration of Independence, known as Natural Law, if a government becomes tyrannous, the people have the right to overthrow it and replace it with a...

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence can be divided into three parts, the first part of which is a statement on natural rights and where governments derive their power--from the consent of the governed....

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration begins with a short introductory statement called the Preamble that explains the reason for the document, which is to "declare the causes" that have created the need for the...

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776 was the culmination of struggle that began in earnest in 1763. In 1763, France was ejected from North America, and Britain reigned supreme as the...

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The four main components to Jefferson's argument in the Declaration of Independence are contained within its introductory paragraph. The first is that, as Jefferson wrote, that "all men were...

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The Declaration of Independence

The most important part of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution is the introductory section called the Preamble. In the Declaration of Independence, the authors state that when a...

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The Declaration of Independence

Jefferson had two main, but very closely related, purposes in writing the Declaration of Independence. First, he wanted to gain support for the cause of American independence. Second, he wanted...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2013, 12:33 am (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

The first goal of the Declaration of Independence was to outline the legitimate complaints of the colonists against Parliament. Keep in mind that many in the colonies still saw a compromise as...

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The Declaration of Independence

There were several things Thomas Jefferson tried to accomplish by writing the Declaration of Independence. The most significant thing was to let the world know the colonies were now independent and...

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The Declaration of Independence

The interesting thing about the Declaration of Independence is that it had little actual effect at the time of its signing. It was essentially a declaration of rebellion and war and would have been...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2019, 8:01 pm (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson uses ethos, or an appeal to ethics and responsibility, to establish the credibility of those the writer represents (“we”) and to support his...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2021, 6:31 am (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

One further challenge that Jefferson faced was in reining in his enormous ego. Jefferson was fully aware of his massive talents as a writer, and he deeply resented the extensive changes made to his...

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In answering this question, it's important to understand the importance of the Declaration of Independence's overall rhetorical strategy. It was written primarily to persuade Americans who might...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019, 8:40 am (UTC)

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The Declaration of Independence

The signers, as free citizens, determined that their unalienable rights are "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." The government is instituted to preserve these rights. If the government...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2013, 6:13 am (UTC)

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