The Declaration of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence

  1. 1. The Declaration of Independence<br />“The herald of the new political age.” - July 4, 1776<br />
  2. 2. Thomas Jefferson<br />Lived from 1743- July 4, 1826.<br />Wrote the first draft of the declaration at 33.<br />President for eight years from 1801-1809.<br />Governor of Virginia from 1779 to 1781.<br />“Man of the People”<br />Influenced by Milton and Locke<br />Assisted by Adams and Franklin<br />
  3. 3. Congress<br />The declaration committee<br />Sent to Congress on June 28, 1776<br />Congress was satisfied with declaration<br />Declaration of Independence was released on July 4, 1776.<br />
  4. 4. Significance of the Declaration<br />Harsh attack on the King and Britain<br />December 23, 1775 - King George III issues a royal proclamation to take effect in March of 1776.<br /> 5 different sections<br />Climax: &quot;the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States.&quot;<br />
  5. 5. Section Three<br />18 charges against George III<br />Irony: Parliament, not King.<br />Controversy: “All men are created equal.”<br />
  6. 6. Preamble<br />George Mason<br />3 things:<br />Establishes that all men have rights<br />Government is established to secure those rights <br />If the government interferes- abolish/break ties<br />
  7. 7. Democracy<br />Set us apart from Great Britain<br />Own basis of a judicial system<br />Democracy rather than a monarchy<br />
  8. 8. Bibliography<br />2004 Encyclopedia Americana (2004 ed., Vol. 16, 1-9) <br />2004 Encyclopedia Americana (2004 ed., Vol. 8, 589-593) <br />Mount, Steve. &quot;Constitutional Topic: The Declaration of Independence.&quot; USConstitution.net. 30 Nov 2001. http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_mlaw.html (29 Aug 2009)&lt;http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_decl.html&gt;<br />“About the White House: Presidents”, Thomas Jefferson, &lt;http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/thomasjefferson/&gt;<br />

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