Example research essay topic: Ap History Essay – 665 words

Declaration of Independence is considered one ofthe most important documents in world historybecause its effects were felt around the world andnot only in its place of origin, the UnitedStates. While blacks used context from thedeclaration to challenge slavery in the UnitedStates, the French used its ideals to start theirown revolution. The Declaration of Independencecan be seen to be one of the few documents thathad a profound impact on the world, and this canbe easily seen because of the changes it broughtforth. The Declaration of Independence was adocument made by several delegates of the U.S. in1776.

It was simply made as a document thatdeclared the independence of the 13 Britishcolonies in America.On July 4, 1776 theContinental Congress adopted the Declaration aftera few changes were made to it. Even though I thinkthe Declarations main purpose was to declare thecolonies independent, there were many other ideasthe declaration addressed. There are manyimportant abstractions in the Declaration ofIndependence. These abstractions such as: rights,freedom, liberty and happiness have become thefoundations of American society and have helpedshape the American identity. Power, anotherabstraction that reoccurs in all major parts ofthe Declaration plays equally important role inshaping American identity. One forgets theabstraction of power because it appears inrelation to other institutions: the King, theearth, and the military.

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Even though power isaddressed very indirectly in the declaration itsexistence is still valued. All of these importantabstractions collectively have led to majorchanges in the world. A very simple phrase: allmen are created equal which is included in theDeclaration of Independence was quickly used byblacks in the U.

S. to question slavery. Theywondered if all men were indeed created equal thenhow could one man own another man. The ideal ofequity led Northern states to free slaves withintheir borders in the 1780s, 1790s and 1800s.(Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 2000).We can givethe Declaration credit for starting the movementagainst slavery.

We all know by now how importantit was to get rid of slavery in order to make andkeep the U.S. a democratic and just country.Another important movement that the Declaration ofIndependence helped start was the womens rightsmovement.

The phrase all men are created equal wasslightly changed to all men and woman are createdequal. This amended phrase was the basis of thestart of the womans rights movement and womenssuffrage movement, and it was used throughout the20th century in order for women to gain equalrights as men. These rights were such as theability to own land, the ability to vote, and theability to hold public office.Other groups havefocused of the Declaration of Independencesdefense of the rights to rebel against an unjustgovernment. (Microsoft Encarta encyclopedia 2000).

According to historians the Declaration ofIndependence influenced many Latin Americancolonies to rebel against their mother countries.The Declaration Of Independence was used toinspire the creation the Declaration of the Rightsof Man and of the Citizen in France. This documentwas adopted by the National Assembly of France in1789, and led to French stability. This is justinsight on some of the global impact theDeclaration of Independence, making it worthy tobe labeled one of the most important documents inwould history. In conclusion, the Declaration ofIndependence can be said to be one of the mostimportant documents in would history, according tothe facts that were presented in this argument. Itis amazing how a document which was intended toeffect only a single country, could effect thewhole world.

In my opinion the whole world maturedas a direct result of the creation of theDeclaration of independence. If you stop to thinkabout it, where would the world be today, if theDeclaration of Independence had not been created?Bibliography: none……

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