Declaration Of Independence Essay

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Declaration Of Independence





The Declaration of Independence was written to show a new theory of government, reasons
why they were separating from England, and a formal declaration of war. It gave the 13
colonies freedom from England's laws.


The man responsible for writing the Declaration was Thomas Jefferson. He wrote the
Declaration between June 11, 1776 and June 28, 1776. Benjamin Franklin and John Adams
looked at what Jefferson had written and made some changes to the Declaration. On July 4,
1776 Congress adopted the Declaration and it was signed by:


John Hancock, Button Gwinnett, Lyman hall, George Walton, Wm Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John
Penn, Edward Rutledge, Thos Heyward Jr., Thomas Lynch Jr., Arthur Middleton, Samuel Chase,
Thos. Stone , George Wythe, Charles Carrol of Carrollton, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas
Jefferson,

Benjamin Harrison, Thos Nelson Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, Robert Morris,
Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer Smith, George Taylor, James
Wilson, George Ross, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Tho M. Kean, Wm. Floyd, Phil. Livingston,
Frans. Lewis, Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, Jno.WItherspoon, Fras. Hopkinson, John Hart,
Abraham Clark, Josiah Bartlett, Wm. Whipple, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine,
Elbridge Gerry, Stephan Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, Wm.
Williams, Oliver Wolcott, and Matthew Thorton.


The reason people wanted the Declaration was because the people thought that they had the
right to be free from England and to be their own individual colonies with their own laws.
Other things leading up to independence were that the British government had committed
acts that many colonists believed violated their rights as English subjects. Also that
colonial blood had already been shed trying to defend these rights. The French & Indian
war was the war that shed colonists blood to defend their rights.


The Declaration of Independence served three major purposes.

1. Preamble and reasons for separation.
Among the reasons for separation were statements about the king, George III. It said that
he was a harsh and evil king and that the colonists shouldn’t have to be under his rule.
It also said that the citizens were patient, submissive, and long-suffering people. These
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