Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence

Main Points
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Independence is declared.
All men are created equal. “All men are created equal. We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are created equal….”
Men have unalienable Rights: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Governments derive their authority from the consent of the people.
“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the
consent of the governed.”
When a government acts despotically, the people have a right and a duty to
overthrow it. “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing
invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to
provide new Guards for their future security.”
We have tried to compromise, but King George has persistently been a tyrant.