In one of the most important documents in the United States history, The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson argues that American colonies have God-given rights that gives them the right to be free from Great Britain and that they must demand freedom. He utilizes these natural laws throughout the document by elaborating on unalienable rights that are given to all men, regardless of race, endowed by God. He continues to talk about since we are given these rights it is our duty to overthrow the government if any unfair treatment and wrongful seizure. Lastly, he explains how the tyrannous rule of King George III is unfit to rule American colonists as a free people. Thomas Jefferson’s purpose is to point out to colonists how it is necessary to declare independence from Great Britain in order to be receive our unalienable, God-given rights as a free nation which is still in order to this day forward. Jefferson uses a passionate tone in the declaration of independence addressing the King of England and other foreign leaders.
Thomas Jefferson leads with John Locke’s, a famous philosopher, idea of natural rights. These truths include unalienable rights, all men are created equal, and life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Life, means people have the right to protect themselves against physical attack. Liberty, means the people have a right to criticize the government and Pursuit of Happiness means the right to own property and defend it. These truths are inherent in people by the sole fact that the person is born. Therefore, no person or thing has the right to deprive you of them.
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