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1776


             1776 brought trials and tribulations to the Colonies.
             from Great Britain was a good thing, while others believed that becoming independent .
             from the "mother country" would be treason and the end of the colonies. The southern .
             states, in general, were against independence. And, in general, the northern states were .
             for it. Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration of Independence and it was signed by .
             every single delegate. But the process was not without disagreements. .
             Many issues came up when debating the Declaration. A motion was to remove the .
             content stating that the King was a tyrant. Jefferson believed that the King was a tyrant .
             for taking the rights that British citizens (the ones living in England) had away from those .
             living in the colonies. On the flip side of the coin, Pennsylvania argued that the King could .
             could not be a tyrant. He gave the colonists their rights and could therefore take them .
             away as he deemed fit to do so. Jefferson sticks by his beliefs and continues to testify that .
             the King is, in fact, a tyrant. .
             Another issue that was brought up was the condition of the army. Britain had .
             thousands more soldiers than the colonies, and they were better equipped and prepared .
             than the colonist volunteer soldiers. They had readily available supplies due to the wealth .
             of Britain and the support of her king. While the barefoot, starving American soldiers .
             were doing their best to hold off the redcoats, they were failing. It was stated that if we .
             could beat the British and improve our army's situation, independence would be supported .
             by Maryland who, up until that point, had been against it. It was agreed and Maryland .
             changed her vote to "yea". .
             Perhaps the largest and most serious of the bickering came when the slavery clause .
             in the Declaration was put under attack. The south, quite obviously, was against keeping the .
             article that stated that all slaves would be set free and not bound to their owners any .


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