History Week 6. The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

Introduction 

In this essay I discuss the Declaration of Independence. The essay covers the background, purpose, content and influence of this document. This is discussed over several paragraphs, ending with a conclusion to wrap up the essay.

Background/Purpose

The Declaration of Independence was a document compiled by the founding fathers of America to state complete separation from Britain in 1776. This document was written one year into the American Revolutionary War and it was one of the four foundational documents that formed America. The document was passed by the Continental Congress in 1776, officially declaring America a separate nation. The work behind the document had been done years before the release, but the document itself was only written up in two weeks.

Content

The content of the declaration is as follows.

The Preamble

The preamble of The Declaration of Independence, is the first major part of the document. The Preamble is like the introduction of the document and basically starts off the declaration. The Preamble starts by declaring the forming of the United States of America. The Preamble also outlines some famous “rights” of the people and it sets the scene in a way that represents the whole thirteen colonies united as one country

The Body

The body of the declaration takes a large chunk out of the document and it outlines the grievances that the colonies have with the Crown of England. The list of grievances is quite long and only ends when the document starts to conclude with the second-to-last paragraph. The body of the declaration fits very snugly with the introduction, as the introduction basically stops by saying that the paper goes on to describe the grievances, which is recorded in the body of the document. As I have already said, the body describes the grievances of the colonists against the king, so here I have listed a few simplified versions. These grievances are listed as things that angered the colonists.

-The high taxes imposed on them by the crown

-Trade regulations which Britain had imposed on the colonies

-Forced quartering of British troops into the homes of

 colonists

-The dissolving of gatherings held to discuss problems with the British government

These are just a few of the many grievances that make up the body of the Declaration of Independence. The body of the document ends when the second-to-last paragraph of the entire declaration is started

The Conclusion

The conclusion of the declaration of independence comes at the end of the document and concludes the entire declaration. The conclusion sums up the content of the declaration and concludes with the signatures of the delegates. It is here where the famous signature of John Hancock was written, it’s size and fancy twirls making it very well known.  

Influence

The influence of The Declaration of Independence, has had an influence in American culture. The declaration did put forth some fundamental doctrines of natural rights and the declaration has influenced the expansion of American social democracy. The declaration has had so much influence, that a national day, July 4th was established to remember the day of Independence. The statue of liberty can also be linked to the declaration, as liberty is one of the fundamental truths in the document. 

Conclusion

To conclude the essay, I talked on The Declaration of Independence. The first paragraph was made up of some background information along with the purposes of the document. The second part of the essay was made up of the different sections of the declaration and I listed some of the grievances made by the delegates of the Continental Congress. The last part of the essay was the influence that the declaration has had on modern day America. 

I hope you enjoyed the essay!

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