Thomas Jefferson: the Declaration of Independence

1050 Words5 Pages
Jordan Lockler ENG 101 6 September 2010 Thomas Jefferson The Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence is definitely one of the most important documents in the history of the United States. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence was America’s notice to the world of its new found freedom. It is a summary of "self-evident truths"(Jefferson) and a list of complaints against King George that set America apart from England forever. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he predicted the coming of great changes within the times that he lived in. The way that Jefferson set up the Declaration of Independence made the article very influential. In the introduction of the document Jefferson explains to the rest of the world the reasons why the colonies wanted to rebel against the rule of England. The body of the document goes over the list of complaints and the reasons for their rebel against England. The conclusion consisted of the signers and the pledges of The Declaration of Independence. In creating a smooth transition from one paragraph to another, Jefferson uses a method of first presenting the issue, why the people of American colonies should separate from Great Britain. Then he states his thesis that, because of the tyranny of the King, the colonies must replace his rule with a new form of government. He then gave support toward the reason for his thesis by giving twenty-eight examples of all the wrongs accepted by the Colonies. After the evidence, Jefferson disproves, conflicting to the arguments by explaining how the Colonists respectfully requested for the King to give them what they needed, to make up for what he had done to them, but the King harshly continued his abuses. Finally, in his concluding paragraph, Jefferson restates his thesis and strengthens it by speaking for the representatives of
Open Document