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The American Revolution was forced upon the Americans by the crueltreatment from the British On May 10 of 1775 the Second ContinentalCongress gathered in Philadelphia one month after the fighting broke outThere delegates from each of the 13 colonies would decide on independenceA Declaration of Independence was required to state why the 13 colonieswere separating from the British Empire With this POWs could demand tobe treated as prisoners instead of traitors and aid coul d be sought fromBritains enemies The Declaration of Independence consisted of thepreamble the middle section and a section declaring independence Themost important part the preamble justifies the rights of the Americancitizens It declar es that men are created equalandare endowed bytheir Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are lifeliberty and the pursuit of happiness That sentence still remains atruth with the Americans today Jefferson wrote the preamble with the helpof John Locke and Rousteu Within the preamble Jefferson writes that thepeople to secure these rightswhenever any form of government becomesdestructiveit is the right of the people to alter or abolish it Itgives the people of America the freedom to impeach untrustworthy rulers anddictators if they wish to The freedom that Thomas Jefferson gave us isstill in practice today The middle section justified why the colonistswere revolting against the Britis h Empire Here Jefferson writes that theKing of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpationsHe reminds the reader that the King has refused to allow the Governors topass important laws necessary for the public good obstru cted theadministration and that the king is sending over large armies to completethe works of death The third section officially declares independence inwriting The entire effort to complete the Declaration of Independence wasdone by Thomas Jefferso n John Adams Ben Franklin Roger Sherman andRobert Livingston In order to pass the declaration all of therepresentatives had to vote yes for independence In one of the earlierdrafts a statement roughly 175 words gave
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