Declaration Of Independence: The Infringement Of Rights In The Colonies

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Infringement of Rights in the Colonies The American Revolution must be viewed as much more than the want for separation from the mother country. Parliament not only disregards the fact that the colonies should live and abide by the same laws and liberties within the realms of England, but treats the colonies as if they are much less than what they are. The hunger for power in England ultimately ensued the end of their rule in the colonies. The American Revolution must be considered a defense of traditional notions of English liberty because the king repeatedly strips the colonies from the same freedoms that the people inside England have. Many colonists’ want for the separation from England is no secret by the time the Stamp Act Congress …show more content…
In the midst of the war, the Continental Congress officially declares independence. The Declaration of Independence embodies the inalienable rights that all people are born with and entails the abuses that the king committed against the people of America (AR, 189). One of the abuses listed in the Declaration of Independence was the deprivation of trial by jury: a right that the people of England were accustomed to (AR, 190). The abuse of this right comes from the fact that many people are not given a trial by jury and thus exemplifies the king’s use of pretended legislation. The king openly did not give the people of America the same liberties and rights that they were supposedly guaranteed. The Declaration of Independence states that the king made the colonies subject to jurisdiction that is foreign to our constitution (AR, 190). The constitution at this point and time is the English constitution, the same one that the king has repeatedly turned his back on when dealing with the colonies. The unjust system of government that the British Parliament held over the colonists is exactly why they were subject to a

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