Here is the original Decleration of Independece:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 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.”
Meaning of this document:
The purpose of the first paragraph is to justify why America should separate from Great Britain. It also declares to the world, that the British Colonies in America are declaring themselves as an independent nation. It also refers to the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God which basically means everyone is equal and everyone has rights.
It basically says that the people of America need to be independent from Great Britain and establish their own government and it is reasonable for them to state their reasons for separation.
They meant that the phrase is obvious and self explanatory which really do not need to be questioned.
The American motto is life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The authors say that if these rights are violated and abused, the governed (people), have the right to rebel and throw off such government and start a new one.
I think it’s a very powerful document because it gives the people the right to rebel against a government or despot who abuses the people’s right. It also says that the people of America want to be a separate nation and separate from Britain and point out their injustice. It promotes strong emotions toward the residents of the colonies. It also creates hatred towards British government among some colonists. However, there were loyalists who still believed in England and were disappointed. The British government and King George were shocked and did not like this idea.