Declaration of independence & northwest ordinance

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Declaration of independence & northwest ordinance

  1. 1. Declaration of Independence
  2. 2.  Enlightened ideas of natural rights and the social contract had spread to the American colonies  Natural rights are those you have because you are human (John Locke proposed)  Social Contract is the idea that the government is supposed to protect your natural rights  Americans were upset with what they thought were excessive taxation Reasons for Declaration
  3. 3.  It is a statement of action explaining why we revolted (justify revolution)  It lists what we were upset about (grievances)  The events after the French and Indian War  The actions (or lack of) by King and Parliament which Americans thought were wrong  It listed our intentions to break away from political ties with England and create new ones with the other colonies What is the Declaration?
  4. 4.  There was a need to figure out how the new US should recognize and govern the land we received from the Treaty of Paris  Created a blueprint for governing those territories and how those lands could become states NW Ordinance: Why created & What is it?
  5. 5.  Admitted on equal footing with original states (no special privilege)  No colonization  New states had to have a plan for how they would provide an education for their people  Basic citizenship (freedom of religion, trial by jury, legit charges) was guaranteed which was a model for the Bill of Rights and Constitution  Outlaws slavery  State governments were to be republics (democratic) How are States Admitted? What do they have to do?
  6. 6.  Basic citizenship (freedom of religion, trial by jury, legit charges) was guaranteed which was a model for the Bill of Rights and Constitution  Outlaws slavery  State governments were to be republics (democratic) Basics continued…

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