Road to Independence and Revolution cont.

Road to Independence and Revolution cont. - (cont VI VII...

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Road to Independence and Revolution (cont.) 2/17/09 VI. Declaration of Independence—1776 VII. Revolution a. Choosing Sides b. Military Resources i. British  ii. Colonial VIII. Terms of peace—1783 - Thomas Payne’s common sense: puts idea out there that the best shock for  securing the rights the colonists were supposed (expected to have), was to  separate from the British empire o Ideas weren’t brand new o Important: takes already circulated ideas and puts them in every day  common language = 120,000 books printed Meant: most white men had access to it  2 nd  continental congress - finally decides to declare independence from Britain - selects Washington to run army  DOI - Jefferson gets credit for writing it - TJ considered to be very good at the English language o Original draft very edited—by Adams! - TJ in the end wasn’t sure he liked the end product of the DOI - Stays through to the end: o Seems like its going to be another petition o TJ made DOI more than just a petition Talked about universal rights that all humans should have The first part of DOI is not specific just to the situation between the  colonies and the British Empire - 2 main parts: o the first part: talking about universal rights; what governments should do  (what most people think when they think about the DOI) inalienable rights  that human beings have; job of gov’t is to facilitate those rights; right don’t  come from the government, come from something beyond gov’t, humans  are born with these rights
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if gov’t doesn’t facilitate inalienable rights, then the governed have  the rights to create a government that does
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Road to Independence and Revolution cont. - (cont VI VII...

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