American Values in the Declaration of Independence
In 1776, a semi-unified country signed one of the most important documents in history. Since then the nation has shown signs of how different the country was from 1776 to the present. The Declaration of Independence is based on the social contract theory of government and is focused on equality, freedom, and power.These values have been both supported and contradicted in American history (Jefferson, pg.443).
In the declaration, Jefferson states that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” (Jefferson, pg.443). This speaks directly to the humanist theory of …show more content…
The Declaration discusses how much power the United States will have by stating that the newly independent colonies will have “full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which Independent States may of right do” (Jefferson, pg.446). Power is one value that anyone can appreciate. No matter what country a person is from, at one point in time they wanted power. To give a country the qualities that Jefferson has quoted, “levy war,