The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence was signed fifteen months after the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It took many colonists over a year to come around to believing that revolution was inevitable and that it was no use trying to reason any further with Parliament or the British Crown. The Declaration of Independence employs the ideas of John Locke, appealing to natural law and chronicling the “long train of abuses” that Jefferson lays at the feet of George III. After formally declaring independence, the United States were together able to make a full commitment to the American Revolution and were able to able to appeal to France and other nations for military and economic assistance.
The Declaration of Independence has become one of the most influential documents in history, with its language being employed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, the Texas Declaration of Independence, the Seneca Falls Declaration, and the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence.
By: Tom Richey.