Three Major Documents In American History Essay

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Kyle Polczynski Period 2 There are many distinctions between the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Articles of Confederation. The Declaration of Independence is a document stating to the King of England that America deserves Independence and to become a full country. The Articles of Confederation was basically America’s constitution from 1781 to 1789, until the constitution which we live off of today, was put into effect. The constitution is a document defining how the government works, and how the American people are to interact with their government. There are many distinctions between these three documents, but all three have a significant importance in American history. The Declaration of Independence is a statement announcing to the world that the thirteen colonies were no longer subject to Great Britain, but were free and independent states. It was written by Thomas Jefferson and edited by the Continental Congress. It was adopted by the Congress on July 4, 1776, which is why America celebrates its Independence on that day. It lays out a philosophy of government that says all people are equal and entitled to certain inalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It says a government which does not have the consent of the people or which tramples on those rights is illegitimate and can be changed in favor of one the people think is better. It lists a long series of charges against the King of England to show that he had trampled on the American peoples’ rights. The Constitution is the document which defines how the government works. It specifies that there will be a congress, a president and a supreme court and tells how each is to be chosen and what their powers are. It says what the powers of the federal government are and says all other powers are reserved to the states. It spells out in some detail

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