illustrate his point of view regarding the
nature of this disunion?
What “entitled” Americans to claim this
separation? How does this justification
affect their case for independence?
We hold these truths
to be self-evident
all men are created equal, that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain
Rights, that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --
That to secure these rights, Governments
are instituted among Men, deriving
just powers from the
consent of the
, -- That whenever any
becomes destructive of these
ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or
it, and to institute 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.
6. What “self-evident” truths does the
7. How does the author’s choice of the
phrases “self-evident” truths and
“unalienable rights” affect his argument?
8. Why are “governments instituted among
9. What does “deriving their powers from
consent of the governed”
10. Under what circumstances do the
people have the right to “alter or abolish”
11. According to the author, how should any
new government be created?