Declaration of Independence Handout

Declaration of Independence Handout - o Governments are...

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English 15 Travers Notes on Declaration of Independence Purpose of the document o Persuasion, gain sympathy for America’s right to break from Britain o Legitimize America’s right to go to war with Britain Audience o King George and the British people o Americans who may not want to break from Britain o European nations, to gain support for cause, financial support in the coming war Document organization o Introduction (1 st paragraph) o Preamble (2 nd paragraph) o Proofs – the indictment of George III, denunciation of British people o Conclusion (final paragraph) How does he set up his argument? o All men are created equal. o They are endowed by God with certain unalienable rights o These rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
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Unformatted text preview: o Governments are created to secure these rights o When a government denies these rights, the people can alter or abolish this tyrannical government (Major Premise of Argument) o Minor premise: King George and the British government have deliberately sought to reduce the American people under absolute despotism. o Conclusion: The American people have a right, indeed a duty, to abolish their present form of government and create new guards for their future security. Other persuasive strategies employed o Evoking biblical images of terror o Flimsy grievances shrouded in ambiguity and emotional fervor o Laborious piling up of facts...
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This note was uploaded on 07/14/2010 for the course ENGL 015 taught by Professor Travers during the Spring '10 term at Peru State.

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