Declaration Of Independence

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Declaration Of Independence

  1. 1. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE <ul><li>Essential Questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Whose ideas were represented in the Declaration? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was slavery not mentioned in the Declaration? </li></ul><ul><li>How does one reconcile the fact that it says all men are created equal, but slavery was still left in place? </li></ul><ul><li>When was the Declaration signed? </li></ul>
  2. 2. Declaring Independence <ul><li>Congress created a committee to prepare a formal declaration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It was to explain the reasons for the actions of the colonies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virginia lawyer Thomas Jefferson, was chosen to express the committees points </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence drew on enlightenment concepts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foremost among them were ideas of John Locke </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It went on to list the ways Britain had violated the colonies “unalienable rights” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In his first draft Jefferson included an attack on the injustice of the slave trade </li></ul><ul><ul><li>However, George and South Carolina objected and it was omitted from the final version </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Declaring Independence <ul><li>However, it did say “all men were created equal” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But…it was referring to the belief that free citizens were “politically equal” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It was not meant to embrace women, Native Americans, or African American slaves </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On July 2, 1776 the delegates voted unanimously that the colonies were free and independent </li></ul><ul><li>On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It was signed on August 2, 1776 </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Declaration of Independence <ul><li>When in the Course of human events… </li></ul>

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