“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.” – John F. Kennedy
The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in American history.
It was the first formal statement given by the Continental Congress signers representing the American people, demanding their right to choose their own government, rather than accepting British rule.
In 1776, Congress chose to break its ties from Great Britain permanently. A five-man committee was assigned to write the demands for freedom, in black and white. This committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams as potential signers, however Jefferson is credited with writing the document.
Main Purposes of The Declaration of Independence
The signers had a few but very potent purposes to achieve in writing the Declaration of Independence, other than merely announcing their freedom, and include the following:
- To get reluctant colonists on-board and to make them realize that loyalty to Britain was not in their favor anymore.
- To clarify the position of Congress for the welfare of mankind; since they believe that humans are born free and have certain rights, including the right to choose their own government that will protect their human rights through law.
- To prove their valid point through pointing out all the violation of rights done to colonists by King George III, including various unfair tax imposition on Americans, as well as the Molasses Act, the Proclamation of 1763, the Sugar Act, the Currency Act and the Stamp Act, which tightened its grip over the colonies.
- To create a theoretical statement that perfectly depict their condition, to justify their action of uprising against government for foreigners to help them with their freedom movement.
The Document Served As A Formal Declaration Of War:
Since Jefferson beautifully presented the idea of democracy in his document by stating that “All humans are created equal, they are gifted with certain unalienable rights by their creator, these include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
The violation of basic human rights would, therefor, not be acceptable from then onwards. This call of rebellion served as an open declaration of war between the American colonies and Great Britain.
All in all, the hard work paid off since the Declaration of Independence served as the most imperative tool that gifted the colonists with freedom. They were now free to practice religion, pay taxes within the country to benefits its development, and so much more.
When we look at the world today, we understand why it was so important to have a free life!