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The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson under order of Benjamin Franklin John Adams and the Continental Congress This document was written in order to let the whole world know that the colonists of the United States of America were going to denounce the British Government in order to establish a democratic government of their own The unalienable rights of a citizen that were defined by Jefferson were Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Through the use of slavery the acknowledgment of these rights to hold true for all men invalidated this document but set a basis that would ultimately bring about changes in issues such as slavery The Declaration of Independence went through many changes during the original writing The members of the Continental Congress including Jefferson were aware of the issue of slavery and its contradiction toward the document One of the statements which Jefferson had originally written to show further proof that the King of Britain was a tyrant included the disapproval of his use of slavery and his ill treatment towards the people of Africa This statement was taken out of the final draft of the Declaration of Independence by the members of the Continental Congress They had argued that the inclusion of this statement would defame their own reputation because many of them practiced slavery Jeffersons intentions were clear when he tried to put that statement into the document The fact that it was withdrawn from the original document ultimately put the issue of slavery in the hands of future generations The main intentions of the writers of the Declaration of Independence was to break away from a tyrannical British government and the Park 2 issue of slavery would have torn the colonies apart In turn the unity of the newly found country would have been destroyed making the will to fight against the opposition impossible The
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