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Structure: Two Documents that Impact American Politics Today The Declaration of Independence And The Constitution
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The Ideas of the American Revolution (1775-1783) Initially, the Revolution was fought to preserve an existing way of life as nglish subjects But English subjects. But… …Life, liberty and property were threatened by British policies on trade and taxation British actions restricted trade The colonists believed they were entitled to these traditional liberties as British subjects
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Declaration of Independence
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The Ideas of the American Revolution (1775-1783) Declaration of Independence Second Continental Congress met in May 775 but was not debating independence 1775, but was not debating independence The majority still believed they could achieve liberty under British rule (even though they were at war SC and VA wrote constitutions freeing emselves from British control themselves from British control Thomas Paine published Common Sense
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The Ideas of the American Revolution (1775-1783) By 1776, the Continental Congress turned to a discussion of dependence independence Declaration of Independence Committee of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin reat thinkers of the day: we have Great thinkers of the day: come to call them the Founding Fathers
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The Ideas of the American Revolution (1775-1783) 3 Key Ideas in the Declaration of Independence One: “Legitimate government could only be established by the people and they ould only be governed with their could only be governed with their consent” hy was this such a radical idea Why was this such a radical idea ?
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The Ideas of the American Revolution (1775-1783) The Declaration of Independence Two: Human beings possess rights iven by God that cannot be legitimately given by God that cannot be legitimately taken away ( unalienable rights ) hree: If the government fails to protect Three: these rights, or it becomes a threat to society, then people can withdraw their consent from the government and create a new one
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course POL 1 taught by Professor Robertbrown during the Fall '05 term at Riverside Community College.

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