Essential Documents Of American Documents Essay

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Essential Documents of America

Throughout history, there have been many aspects that have affected the development of the United States. However, many habits and values don’t stay the same. What was once important to the country, doesn’t always remain important. Some of this change has been for the good, while other changes have affected the country negatively. Many documents in the book, Essential American Documents, demonstrate what America was built on and how it should remain today.

One of the documents that demonstrates what America should be today is “On the Faults of the Constitution,” by Benjamin Franklin. In this speech, Benjamin Franklin talked about how he didn’t necessarily agree with all parts of the Constitution, but he still believed wholeheartedly in it. The reason he accepted it is because he believed a general government was necessary. He had seen the way people came together to come up with this Constitution and doubted that any group of people would be able to come up with a better one. To obtain what is essential to the country, he put aside his doubts and negative opinions because they would have been destructive to the goal. In this document, Franklin states, “I confess that I do not entirely approve of this Constitution at present; but, sir, I am not sure I shall never approve of it, for, having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important…

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