Essay on History of The Declaration of Independence

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The four main parts of the Declaration of Independence are: the Preamble, the Declaration of Natural Rights, List of Grievances, and Resolution of independence by the united States. The purpose of the Preamble was to kindly state that nature itself calls for separation of people from their country, and that in many times through out history, ties will be broken, and new ones shall be formed. The purpose of the Declaration of Natural Rights is to explain that people have certain inalienable rights which governments should protect. As for the List of Grievances the purpose was to provide proof to all those who read the Declaration, that King George III was a tyrant, and he abused his power towards his own people, and denied their rights. …show more content…
Through out the rest of the document there are other Enlightenment ideas that can be seen as well. John Locke believed that all men had certain natural rights, which could not be taken away. He felt these rights came from each persons creator, and that a government should protect these rights, and should never be the entity to take them from the people. Many more Enlightenment ideas flow through Locke, and are adapted into the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which in turn had a major influence on the Declaration of independence as well. Clearly these ideas were accepted to be true by the colonists and were voiced by the authors into the actual Declaration. George Mason's Virginia Declaration of Rights carried with it a heavy influence of Enlightenment ideas from John Locke. Many of these ideas had been spread from country to country during the actual Enlightenment period, so most of the colonists were also familiar with the ideas presented in the Virginia Declaration of Rights. George Mason, being one of more introverted of the major figures, and the Virginia Declaration of Rights having been one of the most notable documents of the time, certainly influenced the Declaration of Independence. Most of what was the Virginia Declaration of Rights was transcribed into the actual Declaration itself, especially the portions in regards to the natural rights of all men, which colonists felt they had, that Britain was denying.

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