The Background and Context Surrounding the Declaration of Independence
The "self-evident truths" it proclaimed to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" have guaranteed it a sacrosanct place as "American scripture," a testament to the special qualities of a chosen people. Little wonder, then, that it stands as a cornerstone of Americans' sense of their own uniqueness.
His influence are highlighted in what is commonly referred to natural laws and natural rights. He highlighted some of the issues that were addressed by the thirteen colonies and the reason why a human being has a right to a certain lifestyle. Locke recognized the fact that as long as a person has been born, their rights begin (Grant, 89). There is nothing that should hinder them from obtaining the happiness that they need to get from life. He recognizes the fact that despite the differences displayed by humans, they have particular rights, which should not be disputed in any way.
In addition to its importance in the fate of the fledgling American nation, it also exerted a tremendous influence outside the United States, most memorably in France during the French Revolution. Together with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence can be counted as one of the three essential founding documents of the United States government.
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