Charges Agaisnt the King

The Declaration of Independence, adopted on July 4th, 1776, is a document proclaiming the liberation of the colonies from Great Britain.   In this document, protests against the British government were expressed.   The objections included oppressive laws, offenses on the rights of the people, being taxed without permission, and limitations on trading.
The colonists voiced their opinion on laws they felt went against the rights of the people. Laws such as the Declaratory Act of 1766 is an example of the violation of rights.   Britain’s fears of America becoming independent led them to seek order and give parliament full power and authority to create laws that would bind the colonies as subjects of the crown.   The Quartering Act of 1765 is another violation the colonists were forced to endure.   Colonists were required to take care of the basic needs of British troops such as food and shelter.   Another example is stated in Document A, which explains the attack on the colonists by the Indians.   The furious colonists believed something should be done to punish the Indians for their cruelty towards the colonists.   The text reads, “These savages, who are with great reason suspected of being guilty of these horrid barbarities under the mask of friendship, have procured themselves to be taken under the protection of the government…and are now maintained at the public expense.”   The quote describes how laws are keeping the Indians safe from being punished which causes difficulties among the people.
A substantial part of the problem the colonists encountered were taxes forced upon them by the British.   The British Parliament passed laws requiring commerce to go through Britain first and these goods needed to be carried on British ships only.   Britain justified their strict laws with the theory of mercantilism.   According to page 123 of American Pageant, British authorities believed a country needed to export more than it imported in order to be successful.   Document C shows...