Question by firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon, 06/15/2009 - 8:29pm
How did the colonies/america attempt to improve upon british rule after independence?
The importance of the Declaration goes far beyond the reasons it provided for abolishing the colonies' allegiance to King George III. Drawing upon the writings of the English philosopher John Locke and other English thinkers, it states two universal principles that have been important to developing democracies ever since. The first principle is that governments exist for the benefit of the people and not their rulers, and that when a government turns to tyranny (unjust use of power), the people of that country have a right to resist and overturn the government. The second principle, that "all men are created equal," has served as a powerful reminder that all members of a society are entitled to the full protection of the law and to the right to participate in public affairs.
The original parchment copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. It is displayed with two other historic American documents—the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.