Historical Context Of The Declaration Of Independence

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For a person to understand a historical document, one must put the document itself into

historical context before a person can even start understanding the document itself. A historian’s

job is to collect, examine, and catalog a historical piece of evidence but it becomes more difficult to

do so when there is so much background to the historical narrative. The document focused on is

the Declaration of independence, crafted by the Committee of Five consisting of Thomas

Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston. These men

were assigned to creating this document by The Second Continental Congress and adopted by

Congress on July 4th, 1776. But one must first understand the circumstances that the document
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One of the author’s main ideas is how actions are a main influence in the construction and

changes in the Declaration of Independence and how we know it today. Proven by how

Jefferson’s ideas and experiences in his life affected his writing and outcome of the Declaration of

Independence, actions do speak louder than words. he willingly wrote in his rough draft a major

contradiction that allowed Congress to keep slavery as a key point to be discussed in Congress

and how hypocritical it was for him to oppose slaves because they too have unalienable rights but

he was a slave owner himself. He felt compelled to improve on George Mason’s ideas in Virginia

about Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness which also came from the ideas of natural rights and

that government was a compact by the people and was to serve for the people. Thomas

Jefferson created a document that allowed insight on context of the intellectual world of the time

even though some of the points he made were contradictory but allowed historians to actually

understand the document at hand.

In opinions of my own, I believe that to understand a document fully, there needs to be

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