The Declaration of Independence and American Freedom
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The paper looks at the political climate of America at the time the Declaration of Independence was drafted and describes how the Declaration was the direct result of the American colonists' struggle with the British Empire. The paper then discusses how the Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in American history because it has shaped American values and laws and is a symbol of the preservation of freedom.
From the Paper:"The Declaration of Independence is the direct result of the American colonists struggling with the British Empire. It explains why the colonists and Congress wished to declare independence from Britain. To understand the importance of the document, we need to look at the political climate of America at the time. The colonists were at war with Britain and one to pay for the cost of war was raising taxes, which included raising taxes on the colonies. It was a time of turmoil and while the colonists felt somewhat loyal to the crown, they became increasingly aware of the crown's "inconsistency" (Bailey 142) regarding their welfare. In many ways, the time was ripe for a change. A precursor to the Declaration of Independence was Thomas Paine's Common Sense, which called "stridently and stirringly for independence" (Norton 142) while it "challenged many common American assumptions about government and the colonies' relationship to England" (142). Paine insisted that the British crown exploited the colonies and he believed the colonies could thrive and prosper when free from British control. These ideas only confirmed what many were already feeling. The Second Constitutional Congress recommended that colonies "adopt such governments as shall . . . best conduce the happiness and safety of . . . America in general" (143)."
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