Name: __________________________________________ We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world forthe rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full What rights does Jefferson claim that the colonies now possess?
Activity Three—Express Understanding Examine the grievances that Jefferson lists as reasons that the king has violated the natural rights of the colonists. Select onegrievance that you consider the most significant violationthat supports Jefferson’s claim that the colonists should declare independence from Britain. Explain why this grievance seems so important and how it conflicts with the idea of natural rights. You’ll be discussing this, along with the paragraphs you were assigned, in small groups.5