What were Jefferson's four main arguments in the Declaration of Independence?

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In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson had four main arguments or points he was trying to convey to the world. The first main point was that when a group of people believes they need to break free from the rule of another group of people, they must tell everybody why they want to do this. The second argument was about the rights people have.  Jefferson believed that people have certain rights that they can’t give up nor can they be taken away. These rights, called unalienable rights, are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  A third argument or main point in the Declaration of Independence was that government must protect the rights of the people. Jefferson maintained that when government doesn’t protect the people’s rights, the people have no choice but to get rid of that government and replace it with a new government that will protect their rights.  Finally, Jefferson believed it was important to list all of the complaints the people had against the King of England and the British government.  Jefferson had four main points or arguments in the Declaration of Independence.

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