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On July 4 1776 the Philadelphia Congress approved a document that would drastically change the course of history The Declaration of Independence was used to rally the colonists and to convince foreign countries to assist the United States of America in their battle for freedom The wording and style of the Declaration of Independence made it a masterpiece of propaganda The Declaration of Independence was in many parts ambiguous Ambiguity can make it more difficult to refute statements because you must first identify the specifics before you can argue against it Consider the eighteenth grievance which said For depriving us in many cases of the benefits of trial by jury This grievance claims that the British took away trial by jury in many cases but does not state any specific cases therefore making it much more difficult to refute The ambiguity of the eighteenth grievance made the complaint seem worse than it was It states He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly It used the word repeatedly but it didnt give any examples of when or which representative houses had been dissolved The lack of specifics made it seem as though it was a common occurrence Many parts of the Declaration of Independence were purposely exaggerated to create propaganda A good example is the first grievance It says He has refused his assent to laws the most wholesome and necessary to the public good This grievance concerns the use of the royal veto Although the Americans didnt like this British control over their laws the royal veto was not used that often Out of 8563 laws the royal veto was used only 469 times It was mostly used in cases where the American laws conflicted with British laws and policies already in existence1 In grievance ten it states He has erected a multitude of new offices and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance This refers to
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