Steps in the Right Direction.

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During the early 1700's and mid-1800's, many famous documents and speeches were produced by differentiating writers and political leaders. These leaders had many similarities and differences in their views of their political lives. In the famous Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson and the Speech in the Virginia Convention made by Patrick Henry, both orators tend to share many alike points of view on the current status of the colonies and their enhabitants.

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson tackles many issues about the quality of life. "He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people." exclaims Jefferson with an enraged tone. He clearly states his dissapproval of the ways of the present king of Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson feels as though the people are not being treated right and need not only better representation, but better lifestyles and just more efficient ways of living as well.

Clearly, the people of the colonies aren't being treated right under the rule of the King.

Likewise, Patrick Henry and his "Speech in the Virginia Convention" completely agree with Jefferson's views. In his speech, Henry tells his audience that he is quite displeased with the abundance of British soldiers around the colonies and that the only way to make anything happen is through war because "our upplications have been disregarded; and we have spurned with contempt from the foot of the throne!" Patrick Henry is tired of his fellow "Americans" being controlled by Britain, just as they are. The way they've been treated is outrageous and has affected the way they exist in their environment. Through both the men's statements, the necessity of a change in rule is clearly shown.

Along with quality of life, Jefferson speaks on another very crucial topic,