Today I am writing about the Declaration of Independence and its influence on the United States today, for history class. I think that this is one of the most important documents that helped to start the United States of America.
The Declaration of Independence was written so that we could get rid of the grip that Great Britain had on the colonies. Great Britain was allowing Parliament to put into action all of these highly annoying Acts on the colonies. The colonists were getting tired of theses Acts and so they called together a meeting. Several Delegates from almost every colony got together and the meeting was called the Constitutional Convention.
Some of the delegates suggested rebellion while others requested a letter to Great Britain. The letter was sent but the King ignored all of the colonists requests. The colonists were enraged by this fact. The Convention was again called to action. This time they decided to rebel.
The idea of a Declaration was brought up at this time but wasn’t put to the test until later. The colonists were practically begging for the colonies to succeed from Great Britain but the King wouldn’t allow that to happen without a fight.
Because this was such a big deal the colonists declared war on Great Britain, which is very brave seeing as though Great Britain has the strongest land army and Navy in the world at the time!!
In the beginning of the war, the colonists won some battles and the British won some. It’s pretty remarkable how the colonists were able to fight the British and win some.
The Declaration of Independence includes many things that the king did that the colonists did not like. A list of Grievances was made up of the Acts that the colonists needed to end. The list was made from the letter sent to Great Britain that the king ignored.
The Declaration has included many things to tell the king that they were done. For example, the document states, “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. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” This means that the people/citizens of the United States have certain rights, these rights cannot be taken away and to make sure that these rights are kept, the government was created. The government is made of regular men and women and that these people get their power from the people.
Another part of the very same document states, “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” This means that the king has not allowed the colonists any freedoms. The king has instead said that he only cares for the money he receives from the colonists. This also is the reason that the colonists rebelled.
In conclusion, the Declaration of Independence is the document that eventually led us to our freedom. Thus, the United States was “born” from documents such as this. If I had to pick my two favorite documents for America, they would be the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Until next time, your friendly neighborhood Homeschooler…