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Thomas Jefferson, George III, and the American Revolution

Examine the actions of King George III that Thomas Jefferson identified as justification for American independence from English rule.

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Thomas Jefferson
Examine the actions of King George III that Thomas Jefferson identified as justification for American independence from English rule.

"As enthusiastic as Adams was, in 1776 neither he, Jefferson, nor any of their friends could have foreseen that the Declaration of Independence would be cherished by generations of Americans to come. The Declaration of Independence became a priceless national treasure, not only for its historical value with respect to the founding of the United States of America, but for its universal themes of freedom, equality, justice, and democracy. These ideals are at the foundation of American society and government, and have inspired democratic movements around the world for more than two centuries."
(John Selfridge 1991)

Declaration of Independence

The American Revolutionary War would take seven years, from 1776 until 1783, to finally establish the freedom declared in the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4, 1776. Thomas Jefferson was designated to write the draft of that "Declaration," and would list in it the offenses of King George III in most explicit terms. These offenses are presented here in the original "colonial" English spelling.
"The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
"He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
"He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly ...

Solution Summary

This paper addresses the atrocities of King George III against the American Colonies resulting in the American Revolution. They are listed in the Declaration of Independence and are presented here in colonial English as written by Thomas Jefferson in his draft.

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