The Declaration of Independence is a document that stated our country was declaring Independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was a starting point of our country and gave us certain unalienable rights. Most importantly, The Declaration of Independence gave us freedom. It also gave us hope that we could be free from the King and Britain.
The Declaration of Independence gave us 3 natural and unalienable rights. Those rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There are also 3 main parts of the Declaration of Independence. There are natural rights, a list of grievances for the king, and resolution in in which the colonists explicitly declare independence. Some other different parts to the Declaration of Independence are the Preamble, Declaration of Rights, and the Bill of Indictment. The purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to let the world know that they were breaking from their home country, Great Britain. An importance of the document was because it contained the arguments the colonists used to explain why they wanted to be free of British rule and be an independent country. It was also important because it contains the ideals and goals of our nation.
The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 by 56 male representatives of the soon to be United States of America. The Declaration was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some important signatures on the Declaration of Independence were Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Adams, and the writer of the document, Thomas Jefferson. The Dec. gave the power of Independent States to the colonists to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, and establish commerce. It also gave the colonists the right to petition the English government for redress in every state of oppressions. The colonists were given the right of the people to abolish any form of government. The document let the king know that they were splitting from Great Britain and let other countries that were enemies of the British that they needed help if they were going to win the war.
The Declaration of Independence both benefited and did not benefit the colonists. It helped them gain freedom but it made them candidates for treason against the British. The British were negatively affected by losing their land and the money that the colonists paid to the government. The signers were taking a big risk by signing the document because (also a part of the reason the Dec. didn’t benefit them) it was considered treason by the king and it was punishable by death. Signing this document meant that the signers were living on borrowed time because the king had already ordered his men to find and capture them. After they were captured, there would be a severe and drawn out death filled with torture and anguish. On the more positive side the Declaration signified the birth of the Americas, instructs free citizens, and provides hope for all who want to be free. It also services as instructions for United States citizens on how to act and morals to follow. Today, it still stands of the symbol of the beginning of a powerful statement; the power of the government is coming from those who are governed. It lets us live the lives we live today.
Overall, the Declaration of Independence changed the lives of everyone in the Americas from 1776 to the present year 2018 and will continue to do so. The courage that the founding fathers had to sign the document was impeccable as well as the colonists willing to fight for what they believe in. As a result of possibly the most famous and most important document in U.S. history, we get to leave of leisurely lives without having to work as hard as the colonists did. Because of this document we get to be independent, and nt have to live in a society where the government, laws, and people are unjust and hypocritical towards you. Thanks to the Declaration of Independence, we do not have to bend to Britain’s will.