Declaration of Independence Essay

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Declaration of Independence “ When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…”.This is a quote from the Declaration of Independence, meaning that a new nation can break away and establish its own country and that is what America did on July 4, 1776. The declaration of independence came about from the new 13 colonies wanting to break free from under Great Britain’s rule. The Declaration of Independence declared that the United States would break away free from Great Britain on July 4th of 1776. The document lists a number of grievances against the king and hwy America should break away from Great Britain. There were many people that helped write the Declaration of Independence along with many Enlightenment Philosophers. The Enlightenment Philosophers that were the most important was Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Rousseau. Enlightenment ideas were also important in the Declaration of Independence. Hobbes came up with “All men are created equal”, and he didn’t believe in divine right, which is kings got power from god. He believed in that rulers got their power from the people, which explain how we vote for our leaders today. Locke believed in that the Govt. gets their power from the people. He also believed in Natural Rights , which are life, liberty, property and later on the pursuit of happiness. These Natural Rights could not be taken away. Rousseau believed in the Govt. Gets its power from the people and also that the Govt. is a social contract. A Social Contract is an agreement between the ruler and people and if ruler doesn’t protect the people he should be removed. What the Declaration of Independence means to me is that it is a new beginning. This is so because Enlightenment means bright, and new and the Declaration of Independence is an Enlightenment

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