Leadership In The Declaration Of Independence

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The purpose of agreements: Relationships that shaped America The United States of America were built on principles and the people who enforced those principles. People may think that those principles first come out in The Declaration of Independence, but it is evident that these principles first show up when people first touch this historic land. One of the first people to influence the growth of North America was William Bradford. Bradford (who was a separatist from the Church of England) needed a new location to spread his views and beliefs on religion, as he had been outed from England. This lead him and his group of Separatists to plan on starting a Colony in North America. Bradford and his group would then follow through with this plan …show more content…
As it was his leadership that made his meeting with the Native Americans go so smoothly: ¨He became profitable to them in acquainting them with many things concerning the state of the country … where he lived” (Bradford 86). His leadership is evident in this quote as he went out of his way to make a comfortable connection with the Native Americans, keeping him and his people safe from outside forces. The two groups knew that they were going to be living near each other, from this the two leaders Bradford and Squanto (a Native American that could speak English) came up with an agreement regarding land rights and interaction between the pilgrims and the Native Americans. The agreement, which consisted of six terms required that each party were two not Injure or inflict harm on the other, to not steal from the other party, and ¨That when their men came to them, they should leave their bows and arrows behind them¨. The agreement benefited both parties equally. It benefited the Native Americans by establishing their land rights and protecting them from war with Pilgrims. Bradford and his group benefited from this agreement by having protection from the Native Americans in Case of War. This relationship is far from that of the relationship between the American Colonists and the British during the revolution. As the two parties in this relationship showed how a successful agreement can be made …show more content…
Even though the voice of the American Colonists was very strong, the British would not listen to the complaints of many. These complaints included harsh taxes and unfair laws that handicapped the Americans way of life. Whether it was the Stamp Act or the Sugar Act the Americans were fed up with the British reign taking away their rights: “The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, … but only to have the law of nature for his rule” (Adams . 2). The rights of the Colonists are clearly portrayed here as the quote says that man should be free from any superior power on earth. This relates to the American Revolution as the British were the Superior power and they controlled the Americans who were supposed to be free. The severity of the harsh treatment of the Colonists is shown in this document as it states that the colonists had a “Right to life; liberty; and property”. This Relationship seen here was a violent one as the British did not comply with complaints of the Americans leading to the American Revolution. A less violent, more peaceful relationship could have been built if the British did not demand so much from the Colonists. The agreement between Bradford and the Native Americans worked out because the two groups saw each other as equals, and neither one asserted themselves as the authority. If the British would

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