Declaration Of Independence: Influences Of The Declaration Of Independence

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Influences of the Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,— (Declaration of Independence 1776, par. 2). This quote was taken from the Declaration of Independence and it reveals to anyone who reads these words that the writers of this document were definitely influenced by philosophers of the past. In fact, throughout almost the entirety of the Declaration of Independence there are phrases and statements like this opening quote that link the ideology of philosophers to the foundation of United States’ government. Likewise, in this quote, it reveals a reference to the words of John Locke’s book “Two Treatises of Government” wherein he discusses some possibilities of an ideal form of governing bodies.
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The political philosophers Hobbes and Locke believed that the validation for government and its existence was through the social contract theory (Ch. 1). This aided in the founders’ motives and in unifying the peoples to join together under a common goal. In order, for them to bring a unified message the founding fathers turned to the misconducts of King George the third and began to list the wrongdoings that they felt he had committed against the colonies. Furthermore, there justification was brought on upon the views of John Locke who believed that government’s purpose is to protect the unalienable rights of mankind ( ). Which is what they had accused King George the third of doing treading upon the rights that they believed to be wholly

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