The Declaration of Independence Did All of The Following Except
The United States Declaration of Independence did all of the following except
- Declaring the 13 British North American colonies independence from Great Britain
- Justifying the American people’s right to protect their natural rights
- Condemning British King George III for encouraging the slave trade through the Atlantic
- Explaining the importance of overthrowing the failed government and forming a new one
Of course, you know the right answer from the above options.
Am I right?
Yes, the United States Declaration of independence did all of the following except – Condemning British King George III for encouraging the slave trade through the Atlantic.
It is option number three.
Want to know, why?
Read the following paragraphs, thoroughly…
Why The Declaration of Independence Did Not Condemn The British King George III For Slave Trade?
While writing the first draft of the Declaration, its primary author Thomas Jefferson criticized British King George III for encouraging the slave trade through the transatlantic.
Even Jefferson condemned it as defining an abominable crime against humanity.
But when he submitted the first draft to the Committee of five and the Second Continental Congress, they decided to remove the part from the document.
The Continental Congress and the Committee knew that the issue of slavery was controversial, it could have divided the Southern and Northern parts of the 13 colonies into two different groups.
They were afraid that the issue could weaken the Revolutionary War.
So, for this particular reason, they didn’t want to take any risk at any cost.
For Congress, the 13 colonies’ independence was far more important than freeing the slaves.
So, this is the reason why the Declaration didn’t condemn British King George III for encouraging the slave trade through the Atlantic.
[Did You Know? The Southern Part of The 13 Colonies Had Deep Reliance Over Slavery, Especially Because of Cultivation. In This Case, Slavery Was An Important Part of Their Economic Life. However, Northern Part Was A Little Industrialized. So, In Their Economic Life, Slavery Had Less Importance]