Who would have thought that the great and powerful United States of America had once been a colony of Great Britain? Yes, America had its own shares of defeat and struggles from its colonizers but the American people learned to put an end to the cruelty of Great Britain through the Declaration of Independence. We can unravel such fact by knowing some important American history.
Back in the 18th century, America was not called a country for it was colonized by Great Britain. The King of Great Britain was the ruler of American people and this meant they had to do what the King told them. The people were angry for the inhumane treatment of their colonizer and some of the savage manipulation of the king to the Americans were putting citizens to jail without any reason, imposing hefty taxes and taking away their rights.
Because of the urge to stop all the merciless treatment of the king, the American people decided to come up with a plan to halt all the sufferings. They met in Philadelphia on June 11, 1776 and asked John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman to write a paper why America deserves to be set free and deserves to be called a country.
Among the men given such assignment, majority of the people were impressed on Thomas Jefferson’s paper and made this as the Declaration of Independence. His words had given great impact among American people and prompted them to make the move to pursue such plan to become finally emancipated from their cruel colonizer.
What did the Declaration of Independence say ? The words written by Thomas Jefferson are famous and Americans take hold to such words as this made them citizens of their own country. The highlights of the Declaration of Independence are:
• All men are created equally by God. Because men are equally created by God, this also means people should be viewed justly by the judicial system.
• All men are given unalienable rights by God. People have rights that others cannot take away from them. Such unalienable rights include life, freedom and happiness.
• The government should protect the rights of the people. When the rights of people are not protected by the government, tyranny would result. Since the government should be for the people as it is made by the people, it should seek the welfare of the citizens. There is democracy when the government hears what the people have to say.
• The government derives just power from the consent of the governed. When the government is bad which happens when it fails to protect the rights of the people, the people must stop the government and make another one.
The Independence was declared on July 2, 1776 but was ratified on the July 4th at the Pennsylvania State House. From then on, Americans feast to celebrate their Independence every Fourth of July through fireworks, parades and songs.