Chapter two covers the founding of the United States, which includes the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. These documents are still relevant to understanding American government today. The Articles of Confederation, while no longer a governing document, provides a historic background to the division and sometimes still conflicting interests of the State and National governments. As you read chapter two, you should read these three important documents (Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution). The documents are all located in the textbook. After reading the documents answer the following questions in your essay.
Declaration of Independence – Read the Declaration of Independence and answer the following questions:
Identify the specific phrases and/or words in the first three paragraphs that are most significant to you and explain in your own words why this language was important to the colonists as well as to America today.
The remainder of the Declaration is a list of grievances the colonists had with the King of England. Read over these criticisms and identify, which if any would have motivated you toward Independence?
What was the purpose in writing the Declaration of Independence? What is the value of the Declaration of Independence today?