332. Thomas Jefferson: An American Patriot
There was a time on this land when
United States of America did not exist. Prior
the 1770s, the region was largely Indian country
the exception of 13 British colonies in the
part of the country. These colonies were known
the American Colonies, and were under British rule.
13 colonies were a loosely connected group of
states that were governed by the Continental Congress.
congress had been at odds against the British
several years, primarily because of the taxes that
being levied by their Parliament.
In 1775, after
year of war between the American colonies and
, the colonists decided it was time to become
. The English Parliament had issued two unpopular taxes,
were imposed to help support the British after
end of the Seven Years War. The colonists
Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence
that since the colonies had no voice in
's matters, they should not be taxed.
drafted by Jefferson on July 2, 1776, and
approved by the Continental Congress on July 4th.
, July 4th is celebrated in the United States
the day of independence from British rule. The
features what has been called the most famous
in the English language. It reads: "We hold
truths to be self-evident, that all men are
equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,
and the pursuit of Happiness." These words were
to represent the moral and ethical standards the
country was meant to follow. It is a
written document, and it stands for all that
country tries to be.