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Cruel treatment from the British caused the Civil War The American Revolution was forced upon the Americans by the cruel treatment from the British On May 10 of 1775 the Second Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia one month after the fighting broke out There delegates from each of the 13 colonies would decide on independence A Declaration of Independence was required to state why the 13 colonies were separating from the British Empire With this POWs could demand to be treated as prisoners instead of traitors and aid coul d be sought from Britains enemies The Declaration of Independence consisted of the preamble the middle section and a section declaring independence The most important part the preamble justifies the rights of the American citizens It declar es that men are created equalandare endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness That sentence still remains a truth with the Americans today Jefferson wrote the preamble with the help of John Locke and Rousteu Within the preamble Jefferson writes that the people to secure these rightswhenever any form of government becomes destructiveit is the right of the people to alter or abolish it It gives the people of America the freedom to impeach untrustworthy rulers and dictators if they wish to The freedom that Thomas Jefferson gave us is still in practice today The middle section justified why the colonists were revolting against the Britis h Empire Here Jefferson writes that the King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations He reminds the reader that the King has refused to allow the Governors to pass important laws necessary for the public good obstru cted the administration and that the king is sending over large armies to complete the works of death The third section officially declares independence in writing The entire effort to complete the Declaration of Independence was done by Thomas
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