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The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and was adopted by the Second Continental Congress. The Declaration states the reasons why the American colonies wanted to separate from British rule. The document also lays the foundation for a Representative Democracy mentioning that it is the right of citizens to change or modify the government in order to fulfill their needs.
The preamble of the declaration explains why the colonies wished to separate from the rule of King George III. The declaration highlights the right of men to exist in a state of equality and states the inalienable rights of citizens in respect to their government. Probably the most iconic line from the declaration is, "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."
The reason I would protect this artifact with my life is the fact that it is the outline for The United States Constitution and holds the values of America and is a large part of our history. I also believe that it was written by some very influential thinkers and very knowledgeable men for whom I have a lot of respect. It takes some serious guts to state to the king of Britain that you no longer wish to be a part of his tyrannical rule. Without the Declaration, America probably wouldn't have formally separated from Britain and we would still be under a state of taxation without representation. The Declaration of Independence defines our Independence as a nation and is the reason why we shoot off fireworks on the fourth of July. The holiday has become so rooted in our culture that I think I would give up my life to protect the ideals outlined in this document. I feel that it is a safeguard for the American way of life, and even though it has no value in a court of law, it defines universal laws of how to be a decent human being from a Westernized standpoint. Without The Declaration, I would cease to feel American and I would feel as if my forefathers died for nothing, therefore, I want to protect everything it stands for.