"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds 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."
Thus begins the Declaration of Independence. It goes on to state that " 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." This is the basis of our freedoms in the United States. However, this document, The Declaration of Independence" is not the only document that guarantees our freedoms. There are two more documents that protect our freedoms. These documents are The United States Constitution and the first ten amendments to it, known as the Bill of Rights. As the United States prepares to celebrate its birth on July 4th, I encourage you to read these documents and learn how these freedoms are guaranteed to every citizen of the United States.
The 18th Century History E-text Archive has these documents available for you to read or even download in text format. Here is the listing of these important documents that you should read and reflect upon.
- The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America
- The Constitution Of The United States Of America, 1787
- The United States Bill of Rights
By reading these documents and the articles about Freedom, the American Revolution and what freedom means, you will begin to understand that it is this reason why the United States is the freest nation in the world. The United States in of itself does have problems, anyone can see that but it is because of these documents of freedom, America remains free.
I encourage you to read the above mentioned documents and the following related material on this site to see for yourself why the United States of America is the greatest nation in the world.
Here are some related articles about freedom that you can read.
- American Institutions and Their Influence
- Chapter XXVI Declaration Of Independence Discussed
- Notion Of Rights In The United States
- Freedom and Liberty Defined
- Democracy In America by Alexis de Tocqueville
- What is an American
- Common Sense
- Orations On the United States Constitution
- Chapter VI. The Federal Convention