Declaration Of Independence Research Paper

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In 1776 and 1787, two documents were written and signed by the Founding Fathers, splitting the colonies from England and establishing a new country. The Declaration of Independence launch the separation of colonies from England. The Constitution declared the beginning set of rules as a newly found country. Though these two documents were extremely significant to the history of the United States of America, the Declaration of Independence was more significant to the formation whereas the Constitution is more relevant to the present-day United States. The Declaration of Independence was more significant to the formation of the United States because it was the true document that formally separated the thirteen colonies from Great Britain, as …show more content…
After declaring independence, the Constitution was created, establishing the first laws and regulations of the US. The Constitution is still relevant to this day. Despite the Constitution and the Bill of Rights being written nearly 300 years ago, several laws are still considered in today’s society. Several cases go to the supreme court regarding violations of the amendments, especially the first. Recently, in 2011 of the case Snyder vs. Phelps, free speech and the right to assemble was tested when several protested at a funeral for a Marine whose father was homosexual. The Constitution is considered a living document because it, “evolves, changes over time, and adapts to new circumstances, without being formally amended.” The constitution is also a representation of the people. Many refer to the Constitution as ‘of, for, by’ which means the Constitution is of the people, for the people, and written by the people. To this day, the Constitution is relevant to all aspects of life in American …show more content…
Many could say that the Constitution is important to the formation of the US because it created our modern government, established rights for all, and was formed out of necessity. Though that may be true, since the Constitution did create our current regime, it seems that it is quite applicable to America today. Furthermore, back in 1786, though it did create rights for all, that ‘all’ only really included straight, white men. Women and people of color did not truly gain their rights until the 1900’s. Moreover, the Declaration of Independence can also be seen as more relevant to today’s society because nothing would had happened without the properties, values and principles of the foundation of American Sentiment. Though this is all correct, the Declaration of Independence’s true purpose was to declare the colonies a free nation and break ties with Great Britain. After this was completed, it had no longer truly had an affect on the nation and its principles than the Constitution did. Though several counterarguments can be made against, the Declaration was still mostly substantial to the formation and the Constitution is relevant to the United States

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