1-2 America’s Founding Ideals

Flashcard maker : Tony Foust
Where in the Declaration of Independence can you find references to equality, rights, liberty, opportunity, and democracy?
Statement of Human Rights
Why is the Declaration of Independence an important document?
Declared our independence from Great Britain
Where did the founders like Thomas Jefferson get inspiration for the ideals in the Declaration of Independence?
His head
When was the Declaration of Independence written?
1776
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
Thomas Jefferson
What was the goal of the Declaration of Independence?
Explain to the world why Great Britain’s 13 American colonies were declaring themselves to be “free and independent states”
How many men were on the committee for the Declaration of Independence?
5
Thomas Jefferson’s background before writing Declaration of Independence
33 years old, young and inexperienced, but had training in law and political philosophy
Ideal
Principle or standard of perfection that we are always trying to achieve
Self-evident
Obvious
Equality
Ideal situation in which all people are treated the same way
Equality in 1776
All people are equal in “God’s eyes”
Rights
Powers or privileges granted to people either by an agreement among themselves or by law
Rights in 1776
Natural rights—rights for being born
Liberty
Freedom
Liberty in 1776
Meant different things to different people. Came to an agreement that slavery was the opposite of liberty.
Opportunity
Chance for people to pursue their hopes and dreams
Opportunity in 1776
Huge pull factor
Democracy
System of government founded on the simple principle that the power to rule comes from the consent of the governed.
Democracy in 1776
They had taken action on the idea in the past, but it was never officially the government. People protested it at first and there was a long debate about it.
Monarchy
Power is inherited by family members
Dictatorship
Power is seized by force
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