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October 17th, 2013, 10:05 AM   #1
 
Declaration of Independence homework help?


Hey guys,


I've been on this bit of course work for a while now.

I need to find 5 claims in the Declaration of Independence that are "Bias or Exaggerated", so far I have found 3, but starting to struggle a bit with the last two.

So far I have

Everyone is equal - (exaggerated/bias - slaves were still commonly used)
Quartering - (Colonists claimed they did not see the French as a threat)
The kings power (The British Government outweighed the kings current power at the time)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
October 17th, 2013, 10:54 AM   #2
 

I can't give you any direct answers for homework help (a moderator should soon be giving you the rules) but I'll say this;

I think you're good with #1 & #3, but I'm not sure what you mean by# 2: quartering (of soldiers?) and the French? Can you elaborate more?

One hint for finding more is to look at some of the harshest words in claims and think about how a colonial Loyalist would respond to them. Everyone is the colonies was not eager to separate from Britain. Why were loyalists not convinced by the charges in the DOI?
 
October 17th, 2013, 11:02 AM   #3
 

At the time when the soldiers were quartered in the Colonies borders, they were (not everyone) mainly put into derelict buildings, old farm houses etc, as it was seen as an 'indirect' way to tax the colonists at the time, it was claimed that the soldiers didn't have to be there as the French were of no threat to them, even though they had just been in conflict,and during the conflict the colonies regularly supplied British soldiers with food,shelter etc.

So it comes across as more, when it suits us, we'll feed you, when it doesn't suit us, we don't want you here.
 
October 17th, 2013, 11:45 AM   #4

History Freak since 1999.
 

Not sure if it counts as under the king's power charges, but one of the lines of the DOI said that the king had given up his power by declaring the colonies out of his protection and waging war against them.

From the Loyalist standpoint, the king wasn't outright waging war on his own colonies, he was merely trying to maintain order and stability, collect taxes, etc. It was the unruly colonists that started the whole conflict.
 
October 17th, 2013, 11:55 AM   #5
 

Originally Posted by C123
At the time when the soldiers were quartered in the Colonies borders, they were (not everyone) mainly put into derelict buildings, old farm houses etc, as it was seen as an 'indirect' way to tax the colonists at the time, it was claimed that the soldiers didn't have to be there as the French were of no threat to them, even though they had just been in conflict,and during the conflict the colonies regularly supplied British soldiers with food,shelter etc.

So it comes across as more, when it suits us, we'll feed you, when it doesn't suit us, we don't want you here.
You might have a harder time with this one than the other two. Although there had been earlier quartering acts, I think it was "The Intolerable Acts" of 1774 that had the colonists riled just 2 years before the DOI was written. If you are going to show "exaggeration" you'll have to take into account that it had been 9 years since the F&I war ended (saying "they had just been in conflict" isn't quite accurate). You'll have to show the French were still a threat in 1774. And this was not mere revolutionary rhetoric, when the Constitution was written well after the Revolution, quartering was prohibited in the Bill of Rights. "No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house... " (Article 5).

You may be able to sell it, but you're going to have to build a convincing case that complaints against quartering was 'exaggeration' or 'bias' in 1776.
 
October 17th, 2013, 12:22 PM   #6

 

Wouldn't life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness be an exaggeration. Slaves had no liberty, Indians being killed were being denied life and as for happiness, the last sense of humour departed America when the last British soldier left.
 
October 17th, 2013, 02:34 PM   #7
 
From: West Palm Beach, Fl

Let me explain.....

Moderator's edit: Irrelevant and unrequested. If you can't help this member with his assignment, then kindly don't post.
 
October 18th, 2013, 12:29 AM   #8

 
From: Lago Maggiore, Italy

My suggestion would be to make the effort to look at the Declaration of Independence from an institutional perspective [that is to say the perspective of the so defined "constitutional right" or "institutional right", meaning functional figures in the institutions and their dynamics interconnections].

Paying particular attention [but note that doing this you enter the field of institutional engineering] at how in the Declaration they present the "The history of the present King of Great Britain".

In that section you should find some passages suitable for the development of interesting considerations.
 


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