2 3 The Declaration Of Independence

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2 3 The Declaration Of Independence

  1. 1. The Declaration of Independence Enlightenment Through Independence
  2. 2. The Enlightenment <ul><li>Locke </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People have natural rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Governments that fail to protect those rights should be abolished </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rousseau </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The “Social Contract” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Thomas Jefferson <ul><li>Selected to draft a statement declaring the colonies independence </li></ul><ul><li>Influenced by Locke </li></ul>
  4. 4. Thomas Jefferson <ul><li>33 year old Virginian </li></ul><ul><li>Aristocrat </li></ul><ul><li>Member of the House of Burgesses </li></ul><ul><li>Served in the Second Continental Congress </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Declaration of Independence <ul><li>Contains two parts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Principles of Natural Rights and the Social Contract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A list of the actions by the King that breaks the contract </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Part I <ul><li>All men are created equal </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Government by consent </li></ul><ul><li>Right of people to alter or abolish government </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>A list of actions taken by the King and Parliament that the colonists considered a break of the social contract </li></ul><ul><li>A justification of independence </li></ul>Part II
  8. 9. D of I et cetera <ul><li>It was not written for King, but for the colonists </li></ul><ul><li>Treason </li></ul><ul><li>Fails to mention women or slaves </li></ul><ul><li>Meant to be preformed </li></ul><ul><li>Caused problems </li></ul>
  9. 10. Problems with Independence <ul><li>Not everyone wanted independence </li></ul><ul><li>Colonies had no government </li></ul>
  10. 11. The Declaration of Independence Today <ul><li>It is a “Living Document” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Still inspires </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People all over the world try to live up to the ideals of the D of I </li></ul>

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