The Declaration Of Independence By Thomas Jefferson Essay

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The Declaration of Independence is arguably one of the most important documents in the history of the United States of America. It was ratified on July 4th, 1776 and that day has become a national holiday to celebrate the independence from Great Britain. The main author of the Declaration of Independence was Thomas Jefferson who is also known as one of the most important people in United States History. For a lot of people, the Declaration of Independence is the foundation of liberty. A normal definition of liberty is “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority”. The declaration of Independence differs from that by saying that all men are equal and that if the government doesn’t treat people equally, then the people have the right to reform or abolish that government and institute their own that follows all those rules. This is very similar to what the American Revolutionists did because they felt that the British government wasn’t treating them fairly, so they broke away to start their own. The four authors of these excerpts all agree on what the Declaration of Independence says about liberty and freedom, but they have a problem with how it 's implemented. David Walker’s Appeal was written by David Walker in 1829. David Walker was an African American who was born free due to his mother who was also free. In this excerpt from his Appeal, Walker is outraged at how people are being treated. The slaves were the ones doing…

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