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The Declaration of Independence (1776) Analysis

1). Provide a brief summary, analysis, and main points.

2). Is there any irony or rhetorical tone?

3). What is the justification given dissolving "the political bands" connecting the colonies with England?

4). What are the "unalienable" rights of men? What is the "pursuit of happiness"?

5). Do you think Jefferson believed rights were "unalienable" for all men? For women?

6). How do governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed"? Do you think each person has to give his or her consent? How often?

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1) The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the thirteen American colonies on July 4th, 1776 (now called Independence Day). These colonies were, at the time, at war with Britain. The main purpose of this document is, at it sounds, to declare these states to be independent from Britain, the United States of America.

In the Introduction, the Declaration explains that, by Natural Law, a people can assert political independence if it is reasonable. Then, the preamble justifies revolution when a particular form of government is harming natural rights (the unalienable rights). Thirdly, in the Indictment, the Declaration explains the 'crimes' of the King (Britain's king), which demonstrates why these states are leaving and declaring independence. Lastly, the Declaration denounces British authority and declares independence for the American colonies.

2) The tone of the Declaration is quite grave. There is no irony or ...

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The declaration of independence analysis in 1776 are examined.