Unformatted text preview: Prof. Manu AmpimHistory 120 DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE HOMEWORK SHEET Your Name: Mikala Jackson
Class: History 1201099 Due Date: 4/27/2015 Date Adopted: July 4 ,1776 Signed in City & State: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 5Man Committee:
Thomas Jefferson John Adams Benjamin Franklin Rodger Sherman Robert R. Livingston Main Signature: John Hancock Total Signatures: 56 Main reason for the Declaration of Independence: The main purpose of the Declaration of independence is to explain to other colonies as to why the 13 American colonies choose to separate themselves from Great Britain. Summarize in your own words: First paragraph: The declaration opens with explaining why the colonies have overthrown their ruler and chosen to take their place as a separate nation in the world. Second paragraph: All men are created equal and there are certain basic rights that governments should never violate. These rights include the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When a government fails to protect those rights it is the duty of the people to overthrow the government. The people should establish a government that is designed to protect those rights. Governments are rarely overthrown, and should not be overthrown for certain reasons. In this case, a history of abuses led the colonists to overthrow the government.The King of Great Britain, is guilty of 27 abuses. The King interfered with the colonists' right to selfgovernment and for a fair judicial system. Acting with Parliament, the King also instituted legislation that affected the colonies without their consent. This legislation levied taxes on the colonists. It also required them to quarter British soldiers, removed their right to trial by jury, and prevented them from trading freely. Additionally, the King and Parliament are guilty of outright destruction of American life and property by their refusal to protect the colonies' borders, their confiscation of American ships at sea, and their intent to hire foreign mercenaries to fight against the colonists.The colonial governments tried to reach an agreement with Great Britain, but were continually ignored. Colonists who pleaded to British citizens were also ignored, despite their common heritage. After many attempts, the colonists have no choice but to declare independence from Great Britain. Last paragraph: The new nation will be called the United States of America and will have no further connections with Great Britain. The new government will reserve the right to levy war, make peace, make alliances with foreign nations, conduct trade, and do anything else that nations do. Summarize any
four grievances ( Quote the grievance and then explain the meaning in your own words): " He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, in the amount and payment of their salaries. " King George iii Has complete power over the judges. He has so much power that he is controlling the salaries and contir offices. Has complete power over the judges. He has so much power that he is controlling the salaries salaries in control of their offices. "For cutting trade with all parts of the world" King George iii the Put an embargo on the 13 American colonies "For imposing taxes on us without our consent" King George iii imposed taxes on the colonies without a warning " he has plundered seas , ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people" King George iii has taken over the seas with trade and the coast with goods, destroyed and took complete control over the towns and taken over the lives of the American people. ...
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