America’s Revolution was a significant event that certainly changed the course of America.
It led to the production of one of the most important American documents in history, and its effects were felt around the world. This document would highlight everything related to colonies motivations and reasoning for their decisions, what a government should look like, and how its people should be ran under said government. African Americans used its context to challenge slavery and the French, an American ally in the Revolution, used its ideals to start their own revolution. The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in American history. What led to the creation of this document is perhaps the ” . . . taxation without representation”.
Colonists did not have the right to vote for people to represent them in the British government and felt their rights were not being protected when Britain began to pass taxing laws that controlled their trade. This anger led to the First Continental Congress meeting to discuss methods of action in 1774 and the American Revolution in April of 1775. In the midst of the American Revolution, the Continental Congress formed a committee to explain to colonies why they wanted to be free. Head of this committee was Thomas Jefferson, an exceptional writer. Jefferson would also become known as the author of the Declaration of Independence. This significant document tells the major ideas that the Founders had about government and its complaints against the British king. It summarized the colonies motivations for seeking independence and states that if a people do not consent of the government and/or does not protect the rights of people, it is the right of the people to break away from the government. It would be then signed on July 4, 1776 by the members of the Continental Congress.
The Declaration of Independence is Historically significant to America for many reasons. Within the document held the ideals, goals, and background of what our nation should and strives to be. Through the complaints against Britain and its king, it outlines that government should get its power from the governed (citizens), and it is in the rights of the people to alter or abolish it and institute a new government. Furthermore, it is the symbol of American democracy and the fight for freedom. It paved the way for freedom when stating “. . .
all men are created equal.” Finally, this document defines the unalienable God given rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”; rights of which governments are created to protect.