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History of the Declaration of Independence and The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

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In one corner we have a nation, fed up with the corruption and constant bullying of their big brother nation, seeking the approval of the world for a revolution. In the other corner we have a nation, bent on gaining the equality among all individuals in their state, coming together to lay down the law to their king. Both America and France had a thirst for a new equal nation and government in which power was given to the people and not to a tyrannical figure. Individuals from both of these countries sat down and wrote up a letter of declaration in demand of the freedom that they so rightfully deserved. Both of them won that freedom, as the Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen flourished with success in the late 18th century. ‘How did these two important documents come about’ is the question we should be asking ourselves. What separated these two monumental letters from each other? What gave each of them their fire, their spark to gain their rights to liberty? America’s Declaration of Independence focused more on America gaining sole ownership of their nation, abolishing their connections with the British and their tyrant King George, and setting up their own government based on Natural law and equality among all men. France’s Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen confronted the king on his neglect to the equal rights of man, laid down the basic principles of how the nation should be run, and proclaimed that the nation should be and is going to be run by the people for the people. With those key differences stated as well as several other small values, such as taxation, oppression, and security, my concern is how both methods worked so efficiently given their varianc...


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... protected. The Declaration of Independence doesn’t have much to say about what they want to do in terms of establishing a military; they spent most of their time complaining about how the British government used their military to bully America. In addition to that King George and the British took American citizens, used them for their own armies, and quartered large groups of soldiers to American colonies to regulate. In the Declaration of the Rights of Man security is a cornerstone of their rights as an individual of the state. The French believed that there should be put forth a military to protect and serve every individual equally as opposed to personal service of a higher being. The military should be a primary concern when attempting to revolt and establish a new government and America should have put more emphasis on their own protection in their declaration


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