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The Declaration of Independence for families to read and understand

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Although, cursive handwriting has been omitted from the Common Core State Standards, I wonder if our children should be taught to read cursive. For no other reason but so they themselves can read, understand and come to their own opinion of important documents like The Declaration of Independence.

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The Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776. Then revised by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence is a document, which describes the rights of man and how King George III of England had violated these rights. The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, were at war with Great Britain. That they regarded themselves as 13 newly independent sovereign states, no longer a part of the British Empire.

The colonists, collectively, had three points that they wanted within the words of The Declaration of Independence:

  • “-No official state-sponsored religion.”

First, Jefferson wrote to the colonists’ fear of the loss of freedom of religion. Many had left England because of persecution by the Church of England. Events that had occurred in England in the mid-18th century which convinced the collective minds and hearts of America that the Church wanted to extend its authority to the colonies. This is the real meaning of “no establishment of religion” in the First Amendment: no official state-sponsored religion.

  • “-individual rights come from the Creator, not government.”

Second, the colonists felt they were becoming under the control of too many officers of the crown, arbitrary laws, and the abuse of power with respect to the rights. The colonists began to favor the natural rights argument that reflects on the writings of philosophers John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau: those individual rights come from the Creator, not government. Those rights predate government and therefore government cannot legitimately take them away. This belief of the collective mind in America is in the Declaration in its most famous line:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”

  • “-tyrannical power and arbitrary taxes.”

The third American worry was the overthrowing their judiciary by the Crown through the denial of trial by jury to making the judges dependent on the Crown. It was to combat these abuses that the Constitution established an independent judiciary.

In 1768, Boston the king stationed of armed troops in the colonies. The collective minds of American colonists were no longer accepting the king’s use of troops to enforce his illegal laws in America, his tyrannical power and arbitrary taxes such as the hated Stamp Act of 1765.

On June 28, 1776, the committee met to read Jefferson's "fair" copy. They revised the document and declared their independence on July 2, 1776. They officially adopted it on July 4, 1776. That is why we call July Fourth "Independence Day." Congress ordered that all members must sign the Declaration of Independence and they all began signing the "official" copy on August 2, 1776.

People around the world have read, in cursive, our Declaration of Independence.

It has inspired freedom around the world. The Fourth of July marks the anniversary of America's Declaration of Independence. Our children should be able to read and understand the ideas that went into the document, and about the courage it took for those 56 people to stand up for what they knew was right.

-R.R.Cratty

-Learning at home by Rhonda Cratty is a parent resource, filled with ideas to help children become the best they can be. Daily activities for family fun, that make subjects become more than pencil and paper, moving learning into everyday life. Learning at home can be purchased in print ($8.48) or eBook($4.48) form through http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203

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