1. Jefferson wrote, "…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…" Clearly describe three examples from any period of American History when Americans attempted to follow these words. One example of a time that Americans attempted to alter or change the U.S. Government was during the civil war. At this time, Southern (Confederate) states tried to withdraw from the union. Another example is how since the 1990s, Texas has had certain pleas to leave the nation and become the Republic of Texas. An even more recent example is members and candidates of the Tea Party. Ironically named after the Boston Tea Party of 1773, these
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4. Reread the list of grievances against King George III. Do any seem frivolous or repetitive? Explain. Were the colonies justified in declaring their independence? Explain. I do not feel that any of them seem frivolous as long as they can defend them; however several of them seem to be repetitive. Many seem to just be elaborations of each other when I really look and think about it. I do see however that the style of writing that Jefferson was writing (in a decree or list type of style) would more effective and assertive to convey his point than to join the similar grievances together. I do think the colonies were justified in declaring independence because the King was trying to drain the colonies and unfairly treat them by forcing and imposing laws and regulations and other invasions of them without the colonies having a say in the English government.
5. Select the sentence or phrase from the Declaration of Independence that you feel is most important in its application to you as a citizen in today's society. Copy and paste it into your assignment followed with an explanation of why you selected it. I would regret to be cliché with this considering this is my first homework assignment for this class, but I really have no other ways to connect to the Declaration of Independence in today’s society (Besides small connections between my parents’ rules and the grievances against King Henry III, small joke). So therefore, I must say