American History I
Dr. Fulkerson There are many comparisons and contrasts between the two grand pieces of early documentation. First off, the Declaration of Independence was, just that, a written declaration of the colonies independence from the British parliaments’ control and power. When the emigrants came to the new world, they came here with the belief that they were leaving behind the monarchy, religious persecution and various other reasons. They wanted a fresh start and new way of doing things. But when the British parliament wanted to relinquish all power and authority over them, but never really help them in a way the colonists saw fit, they grew angry. As stated in the declaration, ‘He [the King] as plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.” They wanted their way of life back. They wanted to do things their way, and not be forced to abide by the ruling and laws of a king that was thousands of miles away. The early colonists were taking a stand and making a point that they were going to do things their way from here on out, that it was their right as a ‘free people’. It was clear from how the Constitution was set up, that it was to further establish the United States as a nation, not just a colony. Bringing democracy to the forefront, the writers of this document made it possible for all citizens, in theory, to achieve their dreams and goals. The Constitution and Declaration of Independence are both similar to each other, and different. Some of the same writers were used for both articles. These documents helped build and create a free nation of America, were its citizens were free from tyrant rulers and also given inalienable rights to live by. They also were given democracy and a voice in how their nation would be run. Without these documents, or the men that stood up for their people, America would not be the nation that it is today.