Thomas Jefferson Declaration of Independence Primary Source Analysis
We have asked for solutions to our problems, but nothing improves.
We need to be separate from Great Britain.
We must preserve our rights!
"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."
I said no. My way or no way!
"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..."
We shall be UNITED!
Action MUST be taken!
"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..."
It's not you, it's me. Well, no, it IS you.
If we are going to try and try again to gain rights we've petitioned for, and receive no answer or positive results, we can only define the king as a tyrant. Not only that, but he cannot rule over free people.
No taxation on colonists without representation in Parliament!
All of us are in this together! We should declare independence, and have NO ties to Great Britain whatsoever! Therefore, we take back our allegiance, and from this day on, we will be one united, independent, and free nation!
Over time, it becomes obvious two groups must separate; whether it be over ideas or governments. One thing is certain: natural law and powers supersede all. When those are threatened, one must be able to assume their own destiny, as Nature intended.
He is rather bossy...
They believe I am a TYRANT!
We must sever our ties with Great Britain!
Independence is our only option!
The rationale of this excerpt is that a ruler who takes on traits indicative of unfit rule (or tyranny), cannot then rule a free people. Despite colonists repeated attempts to democratically ask for change, they've been met with more oppression.
The rationale of this excerpt is that the colonies officially are severing ties to Great Britain. They should be free, and more so, independent. Only by cutting ties with their mother country can they be free.
The rationale of this excerpt is that people need to break away from others in order to preserve laws and rights entitled to them naturally. Therefore, having an independent nation is what will preserve these rights and natural laws.