Who is credited for writing the American Declaration of Independence?
Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence for the United States of America, in addition to making many/most of the important edits to it. Some others did participate in the writing of it, but it's Thomas Jefferson who contributed the original write-up and was most influential in it's development, and as such, he is credited for the writing of the historical document.
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Benjamin Franklin, Robert sherman, jhon Adams, thomas Jefferson, and Robert livingston Of the five men chosen only one man from the commttee was chosen to compose the declaration and that was Thomas Jefferson.
How to write your own Declaration of Independence: Steps: 1) Write out A Preamble which answers the question: Why are we writing this document? 2) A Philososphical Foundation which answers the question: What gives us the right to declare our independence? 3) A List of Grievances which answers t…he question: How have our basic rights been violated? 4) An Explanation of Previous Actions which answers the question: What have we already done to solve our problems up to this point? 5) A Resolution which answers the question: What do we now intend to do? Of course you may write your own DOI. And if you can get 100 million Americans solidly behind you, another 100 million to remain neutral, and get China to help you out with the 100 million opposing you, than after a few years, you may just succeed. If your cause is as just and Washington, D.C. is as equivalently far away from you as Britain was to the colonies. Like say, the moon. Then you'll probably succeed. But as with all revolutionary matters, you are advised to consult with a government authority near you, so that you may be properly advised as to the specifics of your situation. ( Full Answer )
T homas Jefferson , Benjamin Franklin , John Adams , Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston helped write the Declaration of Independence.
The purpose of writing the Declaration of Independence was to show England and the rest of the world the reasons why America wanted to break away from England.. This is what the Declaration of Independence says:. IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States o…f America . When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, - That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. - Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.. He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:. For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:. For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:. For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:. For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:. For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:. For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:. For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies. For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:. For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.. In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.. Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.. We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. - And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.. - John Hancock . New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett , William Whipple , Matthew Thornton . Massachusetts: John Hancock , Samuel Adams , John Adams , Robert Treat Paine , Elbridge Gerry . Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins , William Ellery . Connecticut: Roger Sherman , Samuel Huntington , William Williams , Oliver Wolcott . New York: William Floyd , Philip Livingston , Francis Lewis , Lewis Morris . New Jersey: Richard Stockton , John Witherspoon , Francis Hopkinson , John Hart , Abraham Clark . Pennsylvania: Robert Morris , Benjamin Rush , Benjamin Franklin , John Morton , George Clymer , James Smith , George Taylor , James Wilson , George Ross . Delaware: Caesar Rodney , George Read , Thomas McKean . Maryland: Samuel Chase , William Paca , Thomas Stone , Charles Carroll of Carrollton . Virginia: George Wythe , Richard Henry Lee , Thomas Jefferson , Benjamin Harrison , Thomas Nelson, Jr. , Francis Lightfoot Lee , Carter Braxton . North Carolina: William Hooper , Joseph Hewes , John Penn . South Carolina: Edward Rutledge , Thomas Heyward, Jr. , Thomas Lynch, Jr. , Arthur Middleton . Georgia: Button Gwinnett , Lyman Hall , George Walton ( Full Answer )
The purpose of the Declaration was to state to the world the crimes of the king and to declare the colonies "free andindependent states". Thomas Jefferson with the help and input of John Adams wrote the Declaration stating the ideas of John Locke. It took him six revisions before it was approved by …Congress. ( Full Answer )
During the mid to late 1700s, the British Parliament passed a number of laws that severely limited the freedoms of English colonists in America. As a result, in 1774, delegates from the colonies formed the First Continental Congress to send a list of complaints to King George III. The King ignored t…he colonists. In June 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and decided it was time to create a document that declared America's independence from Great Britain. Because the King kept ignoring the colonists' complaints, the only choice left was to rebel. ( Full Answer )
This summary is taken from. Jefferson's Declaration of Independence : Origins, Philosophy , and Theology Christopher M Duncan . Perspectives on Political Science . Washington: Winter 1999 . Vol. 28, Iss. 1; pg. 56, 1 pgs I hope this is helpful Bill Crawley Reference Librarian Illinois …Central College. Jayne, Allen. Jefferson's Declaration of Independence: Origins, Philosophy, and Theology Lexington: University Press of Kentucky 245 pp. $39.95, ISBN 0-8131-2017-9 Publication Date: February 1998. In this book Allen Jayne, a Cambridge-- trained Ph.D., focuses his considerable historical and analytic skills on the mind of Thomas Jefferson. The result is a meticulously researched, cogently argued view of Jefferson that should force most readers to reconsider their understanding of him. It is a work fit for scholars, useful for the classroom, and of potential interest to other serious readers of American history and political thought.. Jayne brings coherence to the thought of an often eclectic Jefferson. He explains that his contribution is original because it demonstrates "that a succinctly stated heterodox theology is institutionalized in the Declaration as a primary truth and necessary corollary of its political theory" (7). Through a comprehensive survey of Jefferson's reading habits and through painstaking close readings both of Jefferson and of works that Jefferson read, Jayne renders a compelling picture of a great mind at war with tyranny in all its manifestations. Jayne's Jefferson builds his intellectual house on a diverse foundation by drawing from the wisdom of Bolingbroke, Locke, Henry Home, Lord Kames, and Thomas Reid. The result is a Jefferson who deftly and concurrently embraced deism. the primacy of reason, egalitarianism, liberal individualism, democracy, and the commonsense moral philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment.. The enemy of Jayne's Jefferson is "authority." Jefferson himself made this plain when he wrote: '"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction, is the last degradation of a free moral agent" (166). Subsequently, Jefferson endorsed a system of political ideals and institutional structures, such as the Bill of Rights, that would maintain the necessary intellectual and political space for the free practice of that cherished agency. While Jefferson apparently worried about the solipsistic dangers of such a world view, his faith in "the essential goodness of man; and a belief in man's perfectability through rational humanitarian means" (165) allowed him to forge confidently ahead.. As Jayne understands Jefferson. he was utterly opposed to the "antiegalitarian. antidemocratic, implications of Judeo-Christian orthodoxy in the colonies at the time of the American Revolution" (9). He rejected the doctrine of original sin because politically it implied rule by either the morally tainted or an oppressive Leviathan (171). Both alternatives seemed too cruel and unreasonable to have been perpetrated by "Nature's God." Ironically, however, most Americans of the day disagreed with Jefferson on this point. For them C. S. Lewis's later observation (that he was a democrat because he believed in the fall of man) would have been more apropos. Hence, oddly, one of the central documents of the American founding period was based on theological and philosophical views foreign to the typical citizen. Furthermore, it remains foreign; Jefferson's prediction that "there is not a young man now living in the United States who will not die a Unitarian" (166) did not come to pass. If there is a serious weakness in Allen Jayne's fine book, it is his failure to expound on the implications of his own findings. Jayne brings Jefferson's thought closer to us but fails to acknowledge that in doing so he has propelled us farther from Jefferson ( Full Answer )
The colnoists wrote the Declaration of Independence to tell England that they had suffered long enough, and were breaking away from the increasingly repressive British rule. The document told the king of England what troubles he had caused for them and how he had ignored the rights of the Americans.… ( Full Answer )
Yes. Of course he did. He was a very smart man.Though he's dead now he will always be remembered.
To make the the States' separation from Great Britain more official. . To list the grievances the colonists suffered under the rule of King George (sticking it to the "man") . To gain sympathizers, potential allies
Physically, they used a quill pen. If you mean what was theirinspiration, then it was philosophers John Locke, Jean-JacquesRousseau and Montesquieu.
\nThe following events, while not the only events, may be considered major causes of the conflict that developed between Great Britain and the American colonies resulting in the Americans declaring independence from the Mother Country and the American Revolutionary War. \n\n1. The Colonial wars for …Empire, in the 1600-1700s, ending with the French and \nIndian War (Seven Years War) 1763. \n\n 2. The British Policy of Salutary Neglect--failure to enforce the Navigation Laws.\n\n 3. The slow but steady erosion of British control over the American Colonies.\n\n 4. Pontiacâs Rebellion and the Proclamation of 1763.\n\n 5. The Sugar Act of 1764\n\n 6. The Stamp Act of 1765 and the Stamp Act Congress in the colonies.\n\n 7. Colonial virtual representation versus actual representation in Parliament.\n\n 8. The Boston Massacre, 1770.\n\n 9. The Gaspee Affair, 1772\n\n10. The Tea Act of 1773 and the Boston Tea Party.\n\n11. The Intolerable (Coercive) Acts, 1774.\n\n12. Meeting of the Continental Congress in 1774.\n\n13. The Battles of Lexington and Concord. ( Full Answer )
The Founders wrote the declaration of independence to officially break free from the british and to ensure freedom for all!
the 13 american colonies were ruled by england, but they wanted their independence, so they elected thomas jefferson to write the declaration of independance.
The committee established on June 11, 1776 included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in late June, 1776. With him on the drafting committee were John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman.
Five people made The Declaration Of Independence, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman. John Adams wrote the first draft but, Thomas Jefferson wrote the final document.
The site is called Declaration House, locacted at 7th and Market Streets, Philadelphia. It had been known as Graff House as well, having been built and owned by Jacob Graff about a year before Jefferson wrote the draft.
There are a number of writings that are credited with influencingthe creators of the Declaration of Independence. Specifically, theworks of John Locke and Thomas Paine were a huge influence onThomas Jefferson.
Yes. It is only the notation: "Original Declaration of Independence / dated 4th July 1776.". The Constitution was a rolled up document, therefore it is believed to be just an indexing label.. Sorry, there are no maps or secret messages on the back.
Thomas Jefferson is credited with the writting of the declaration of independance. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. He asked that this feat be carved on his tombstone.
Thomas Jefferson wrote The Declaration of Independence in 1776 , with 56 signatures under it, considering John Hancock the first, due to its size of his signature.
THE COMMITTEEINCLUDED BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, JOHN ADAMS,ROGER SHERMAN,ROBERT LIVINGSTON,AND THOMAS JEFFERSON.THE GROUP CHOSE THOMAS JEFFERSON COMPOSE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.TWO REASONS FOR SELECTING THOMAS JEFFERSON, THAT HE WAS AN EXCELLENT WRITER AND THAT HE COME FROM VIRGINIA. .
It has been said that Benjamin Franklin refused to write theDeclaration of Independence. The duty fell to Thomas Jefferson andit went quite well.
He didn't. On June 11, 1776, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman were were given the duty to draft it. The writing was done by Jefferson. The first draft was revised by Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson before it was sent to Congress, where it was ag…ain changed. ( Full Answer )
The founder(s) wrote the Declaration of Independence because people in the New World were still being controlled by the British, and wanted their own freedoms. So the Continental Congress formed a comitee to tell people why the colonists wanted to be free. Thomas Jefferson was the head of this comit…ee who was also an exellent writer. So he and a few other people wrote out the Declataion of Independence and America finally got their freedome and officially became their own INDEPENDENT nation! ( Full Answer )
It was agreed by the British Kin for the American colinists to have self government. Signed by Thomas Jefferson.
The people who declared their independence and wanted to, were called Patriots. The Americans realized that they didn't need to obey the laws that the Mother country, Great Britain, made. It was said that "children grow". They mean that they have already settled in America as colonists. They don't w…ant to be British-Americans...They want to be AMERICANS! They want to start a new society right there in America. It was also because Britain has been passing down taxes on them(Stamp Act)...And letting them suffer in the Boston Massacre...British harmed their rights as Englishmen (See rights of Englishmen)...Britain used their powerful army against them...and MANY more. So why would the "Americans" want to stay as British people? They don't. They want to start a whole new Independent place...as America. ( Full Answer )
the events that led to the writing of the declaration of inependence is have sex but dont know how
Of course you may. And if you can get 100 million Americans solidly behind you, another 100 million to remain neutral, and get China to help you out with the 100 million opposing you, than after a few years, you may just succeed. If your cause is as just and Washington, D.C. is as equivalently fa…r away from you as Britain was to the colonies. Like say, the moon. Then you'll probably succeed. But as with all revolutionary matters, you are advised to consult with a government authority near you, so that you may be properly advised as to the specifics of your situation. ( Full Answer )
The colonists in America (the New World) wrote their Declaration of Independence to break away from Britain/England. So first of all, they wrote it to Britain to explain their succession. Secondly, they wrote to the rest of the world, justifying the wrongs of an oppressive monarch. Lastly, they wrot…e to the people of the colonies. ( Full Answer )
The question does not make sense. The colonies had 1.5 to 2 million citizens and only about 6 people participated in writing the Declaration.
Americans faced a devastating war against perhaps the most powerful nation on earth. They found the world's largest navy and best-trained army poised against them.
Did the authors of the declaration of the independence get in trouble by the king for writing the declaration?
yes they did,but they didn't allow the decaloration of independence go through for a while. THen the king gave up and allowed it.
There was no age limit, but the average age was 44, the youngest was Edward Rutledge he was 26. The oldest was Franklin at 70. The 56 men who signed were also very well off, none were jobless, none were hungry, and they did not protest for the lack of goods or money.
well at first it was said that he didnt want to but everyone else decided that he was the best writer out of them all so he then decided that he would write the declaration of idependence . It was written because not many people had freedom so Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence …for making freedom and independence. . Jefferson wished to persuade other colonists to join him in overthrowing British rule, and he succeeded. He wanted the colonists to be aware of the kings tyranny and wanted the king to see that America was to be recognized as a free and independent country. ( Full Answer )
They didn't like how invasive the British were and wanted to be a free and separate nation.
King George was giving them a hard time such taxes, intolerable acts. so the United States wanted to break that connection that it has with the british.
the patriots wrote the declaratio of independence because they wanted to be free from the war and the king
I don't know, ask Jefferson yourself. LOL No, he wanted John Adams to write it but Adams demurred saying Jefferson had the admiration of Congress and was a much better writer.
Texans did NOT write the Declaration of Independence. Texas did not exist in 1776 when Jefferson wrote it. Texas had nothing to do with the Declaration.
Yes. Jefferson had read Locke and studied his ideas so he used them in the Declaration.
Thomas Jefferson was the main person who wrote the Declaration of Independence but there were also 4 other men who wrote it also. That includes John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman. .
The declaration was not created by one single man, but Thomas Jefferson is credited for being its author.
These "declarations" took a variety of forms. Some were formal, written instructions for Congressional delegations, such as the Halifax Resolves of April 12, with which North Carolina became the first colony to explicitly authorize its delegates to vote for independence .
The Declaration of Independence was penned at the First Continental Congress. The Congress had no legal power; rather, it was a convention of the brightest--and most passionate--minds in colonial America. The ideas of the Declaration came from the spirit of the times and influences such as Paine's C…ommon Sense, Greek examples of Republicanism, and the political philosophies of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes. Major contributors to the ideas were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson, along with Gouverneur Morris, styled the prose. Morris is considered responsible for the Preamble, while the list of grievances was Jefferson's brainchild. It is important to understand that the writers of the Declaration were a minority. Most people did not want to break from Britain (Loyalists), or were ambivalent. In fact, Americans were worse off after the war than before it, especially economically. ( Full Answer )
Written by 3 men including Benjamin Franklin, this official document was to free slaves and stated that all men are created equal and that slavery was no longer allowed.
There are many things I would write in the Declaration ofIndependence. One thing that pops into my mind would be that futurepresidents are not able to change or modify anything in thisdeclaration.
The Continental Congress appointed the Committee of Five - composedof John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman,& Robert Livingston - to draft the Declaration of Independence.The committee, after discussing the general outline that thedocument should follow, decided that Jeffers…on would write thefirst draft. It may have been John Adams who suggested thatJefferson be the one to write the first draft. After completing thefirst draft, the committee read, discussed and revised the documentbefore Jefferson prepared a new draft to be submitted to the entirecongress. The entire congress then discussed, debated, and made afew changes to that draft to produce the version that is nowfamous. ( Full Answer )