Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia May 1775. To What Extent:. “The Declaration of Independence has been variously interpreted as: A bid for French support An attempt to swing uncommitted Americans to the revolutionary cause A statement of universal principles
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Philadelphia May 1775
Wrote the Declaration of Independence
With a committee from the 2nd Continental Congress, Franklin, Adams, Sherman,
Preamble: announces that the document will explain why the Colonies want to separate from England
Political Principles: a section identifies the ideas underlying the rights of the people, John Locke’s ideas
Complaints: the document lists the unfair acts perpetrated by the British Government
The Declaration: the statement that these 13 colonies are now independentHow is the Declaration of Independence organized?
Read the Declaration of Independence
While you read look for the following items:
1. Find evidence of Enlightenment ideas in the declaration.
2. What reasons do the colonists cite for separating from England? (Name 5)
3. List the complaints of the Colonists. (list 3 of them)
4. Why does Jefferson say the colonists should separate? (See paragraph 4).
5 There are 12 "facts" that Jefferson uses to make his points. Check them and determine if they are fact or opinion.
6. What acts of war do the colonists claim the king has perpetrated?