APUSH - Declaration of Sentiments

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~Declaration of Sentiments~ When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of  man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have  hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a  decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that  impel them to such a course.   We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal; that they  are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life,  liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted,  deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of  government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of those who suffer from it to  refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government, laying its  foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall  seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that  governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and,  accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils  are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they were  accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same 
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2010 for the course HISTORY APUSH taught by Professor Billiamvech during the Spring '06 term at Beacon FL.

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