We were beaming with joy after watching the National Treasure movie..even more so when they made the second movie! (Mega history overload!) Nicolas Cage got us thinking though…What is the declaration of Independence?
So it’s pretty straightforward…we know that American colonists were getting pretty sick of putting up with Britain’s control. Remember the phrase “No Taxation without Representation”? No? Then get your skates on and head over to my other blogs on this topic! For those of you who do remember this little chapter in America’s history, you should know that after the Continental Army defeated the British, the Continental Congress came together to make separation official.
The Declaration of Independence, 1776
By issuing the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the 13 American colonies severed their political connections to Great Britain. The Declaration summarized the colonists’ motivations for seeking independence. By declaring themselves an independent nation, the American colonists were able to confirm an official alliance with the Government of France and obtain French assistance in the war against Great Britain.
The “Declaration of Independence” is the most famous document in USA history. It begins:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
So everything is peachy right?….wrong!
Among the men who signed this declaration of independence were Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. This Declaration of Independence was an exciting letter to write – it laid out a lot of new ideas about the rights that all people should have. On the other hand, all of the people involved in writing the Declaration were rich white men. Even though they thought they themselves should have these rights, they were pretty vague about whether the same rights should apply to poor people, women, black people, or Native Americans – most of the people living in the United States at this time. Representatives of all these groups asked to be included, and some white men started out supporting their inclusion, but in the end, only rich white Christian men signed the Declaration of Independence. But even though the Declaration of Independence only applied to some people, it was a very important statement of the idea that everybody has rights
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