Professor Bob Wilkerson
History Colonial America
Declaration of Independence
The people of the Colony under the Authority of King George of Great Britain wrote the Declaration of Independence. The people believe they have the right to “abolish” or alter a form of government, when it becomes corrupt or denies its people of their “unalienable rights”. Under the control of King George the people of the colonies believed they were treated unfairly. “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations.” In the Declaration many of the primary complaints among the colony were of Government. The King of Great Britain refused to give the colony rights or power to their own self-governing systems of the land such as passing laws. One of many that are similar is “He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.” Complaints like these do not surprise me because the country of Great Britain just like any country in control of a colony wants to maintain their authority and power over their people. As the colony grew stronger in complaints and demanded for more rights the King did not grant them their wishes because Great Britain wanted absolute power.
Many of the complaints were directed towards the King of Great Britain instead the Parliament because the King is the Ruler of the Country, supreme of the land. Since this is the case it is easier for the colonist to direct their anger on the King rather than the members of the Parliament, who were not known by the average colonist. Focusing all the anger on King George and displeasure made it easier to start an Independence movement.
At this time it was unfamiliar to see grievances against a King of why a colony will separate from their King. This changed the message in...