The American Constitution
In this paper I have chosen three historical documents
that have played a role in defining significant issues in American
history. The three articles are: The Declaration of Independence,
written July 4th, 1776 by Thomas Jefferson, The Bill of Rights,
December 15, 1791, and The Civil Rights Act passed on July 2,
1964. I will attempt to define the issues portrayed in each
document and whether or not the understanding of the issue
remains the same today or has changed.
The Declaration of Independence was originally
drafted by Thomas Jefferson and officially adopted on July 4,
1976. The issue at hand was the desire of the American colonies
to obtain independence from the British Empire. In this
document, the thirteen colonies established the desires of equality,
life, liberty and happiness. They believed the only way to do so
was by separating themselves from the King. Once the
Revolutionary War ended, the newly freed colonists could do
whatever they wanted.
This gave way to the organization of a
The government that was created continued to develop
into the government that we have today. The Declaration of
Independence created a basis in which the American government
is founded. Without this declaration, the United States would not
exist as it does today. This document started a movement
towards independence and other countries around the world got
ideas from this. I believe that this document till to this day
expresses the ideas in the hearts and minds of the American
people. Thomas Jefferson outlined four universal truths that the
colonists and American people have in common: equality, life,
liberty and happiness.
The next document to be discussed is The Bill of
Rights. The Bill of Rights came about due to pressures to amend
the constitution in order to define...