The Declaration Of Independence Thesis Analysis

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In the Declaration of Independence, the colonists promised and declared many things. These things included all men being created equal, the promise of a republic government, and our unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit happiness. Thomas Jefferson’s tone in the Declaration is very scholarly, showing the seriousness of the colonists about their new independence. However, even though the colonists sound extremely serious about the promises they make for their new country, in some cases they did not fully uphold their end of all of these promises. Yet some are upheld perfectly and are taken very seriously. The United States did not live up to its revolutionary ideas stated in the Declaration of Independence in the treatment …show more content…
In the opening thesis of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson states that “all men are created equal.” This is a revolutionary idea in that it shows that the colonists are breaking away from a society that believe in hierarchy. In this statement, there is no mention of race, ethnicity, or religion. It simply states that all men have been created equal. Therefore the colonists’ treatment of the Native Americans does not coincide with what they wrote in the opening thesis of the Declaration. When the conflict between England and the colonies initially began, the colonists urged the Native Americans to stay out of it, saying it was a “family quarrel.” They told them that it had nothing to do with their tribes. This is obviously completely false, as a lot would be changing for them as well if the colonists were to set free from England. The Native Americans formed a relatively good relationship with England. England protected them from the colonists who were pressing upon them and their land. Without England as the governing body, they lost this protection. With the newfound independence, the colonists forced themselves west of the line on the Appalachian Mountains, which oppressed the land and the liberty of the Native Americans. The Declaration also promised the government would be in the hands of the people, “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Because of their different beliefs and different race, the Native Americans did not receive this right that the colonists had promised for their new free

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