Friday, January 4, 2013

Declaration of Independence

The signers of the Declaration of Independence were committing TREASON when they signed this important document.  The punishment for treason was death.  Why do you think the delegates were willing to risk their lives to become an independent nation?  Would you have done the same thing?  Why or why not?

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  1. I think the delegates were willing to risk there lives because they wanted to be famous. For example, if they didnt we wouldnt be talking about them today. They also risked there lives because they didnt want to live with England anymore so if they lost they rather get killed instead of the red coats in the colony's bothering them and getting in there way. I wouldve signed the Declaration of Independnce because i think i wouldnt want the redcoats in my land.
    brendan 3-4b

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  2. I think the delegates were committing treason because they wanted the best for there country. And wanted to be free from England. and wanted all the colonies to be free and independent states.
    Tyreese Brown Yolo

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  3. I believe that the delegates were committing treason for a strong, excellent reason. They risked their lives for their new nation, known as the United States of America. They wanted war with King GeorgeIII of England. They fought for freedom, and to end the Revolution. They protected and standed up for their own commonwealth. that could be the most important reason why that they committed a foul treason

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  4. The colonists no longer liked the idea of following England. They wanted Freedom. They wanted Independence. They would do what ever it took to become free. No matter the cost. Would I have signed the Declaration. Yes I would have. Because I would rather die knowing that I tried to make this country free, than live and know I did noting.

    Madeline Shanley
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  5. The colonists risked their lives on this important part of history because they where tiered of a distant country over the seas miles away controlling them. They did want independence and to show off a little by saying "Hey king come on down to the americas i dare you other wise you lose it."They later got recognized for doing a deed and won the name the founding fathers. Would i have signed the Declaration? It depends on my neutral perspective on things. England was controlling the americas with taxes but they did provide support from the indians. Then again it was America that ended slavery before england after we broke away and make us a free nation. The side i would have to choose is the America's because not only did we signed it, but we also showed that we where powerful from the years to come after the signing(like freeing slaves). Overall i believe that the delegates had a strong with and committed to it to make it reality though anger and mischief (Pearl harbor).

    Just typing this for fun for discussion and further research Good luck with learning this fun subject.

    -Travis period 5 world studies

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  6. The colonist risked their lives for their freedom.They did not care the coast they just wanted their freedom. they were sick of the distant contry taxing and controllng them.

    -walter per.3/4A

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  7. The colonists where willing to risk their lives to sign the Deceleration of Independence for many reasons. One of them was that they want to give freedom to their home country and all the other men that worked so hard to get the colonies to were they where. Another reason is that the colonists did not like the British because they did not treat the colonists with respect. The last reason that the colonists signed the Declaration of Independence even though they were committing treason was that they wanted their own county were they would not have to follow the English rule.

    Joosep 3/4A

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  8. The colonists risked their lives for freedom. even if they had to die, they didnt care because it was for a good cause. They knew that later in history that it would make a huge difference to many people. Now because of their actions, were have a free country and thats America.

    Kathleen C.
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  9. I can see why the delelgates would risk their lives. For instance, freedom is a wonderful reward that is worth as much as life. In addition, I would've done the same thing. Who wouldn't die for freedom? So many people have done it before, and some have succeeded.

    Kate Bruncati
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  10. I think the delegates would risk their lives because they were doing it for independance. And if they really wanted independance, which they did then they would do anything. Yes, I would do the same because like said before if I really wanted to be independant from Britian I would do anything to get my wish. Because if you work hard you'll always get your way.

    Kiera Williams
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  11. I think the delegates would risk their lives. i think they would because they would want freedom and independence. I would even do that for independence and freedom. another reason they probably wanted freedom and independence is for their religion because the British would not let them to do their own religious.
    Sam Z and Frankie M 3-4 b

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  12. The signer of the Declaration of Independence were risking their lives because they were showing that they wanted to have freedom. This showed that they were serious. I would want to risk my life for freedom and independence because I’m a citizen and I’m willing to do anything for my country including die.
    Vanessa and Krista
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  13. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were willing to risk their lives to become an independent nation because, they were Delegates and they love their country. The people who founded this country would give their heart and soul to give the country they love, freedom and independence. Even if they have to die for it or commit treason. Theses people who signed the Declaration were looking for freedom and independence from mother England.


    Natalie C and Amanda M
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  14. We think they were willing to risk their live to become an independent nation because they were doing it for their freedom. And if you really wanted some thing you would do anything for it. In this case they were willing to die for their Independence.We would have done the same, because they moved there to be free from England.
    Emily P and Sierra R period 3-4 B

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  15. I think that they made the rite choice to make this an independent nation. If we made our own decisions like we do today the government would not be busy, as if we were not an independent nation the we would have to ask people that work for the government to ask if we can go here or there. Some nations are not independent so they probably would have to ask if they can go to where ever they wanted before they made an action. Some people even hang themselves just to fight for independence.

    Kierstin Jenkins
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  16. I think the delagates were willing to risk there lives to become an independent nation because they proably want to be free and rich. I would do the same thing because I care about my country even if I had to die.

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  17. I feel that the delegates were willing to risk their lives to help their country. Many of them were Patriots from the beginning and they were going to see that we got independence even if it meant death for them. They were willing to risk their live for a better cause; our independence. If I was a delegate back then I know I would have done the same. I wouldn't want King George ruling us any longer and I care about my country and everyone in it so I would sign the Declaration.

    Caitlin Mendina Period 10-11B

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  18. I think the delegates were willing to risk their lives to become an independent nation because they didn't want to be apart of England. The Patriots wanted independence and they were willing to die fighting for it.The were tired of King George III bossing them around all the time. If I was a delegate I would have made the same decision. I would want to be free from England and if I would be willing to die trying to get independence. Also, I don't like England's form of government, nobody gets a say in who rules their country.
    Shannon O'Malley 3/4A

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  19. I think the delegates were willing to risk their lives for independence because even if it didn't help themselves they could still help give other people independence. I would sign the declaration of Independence because I can help other people even instead of everybody staying under the control of King George.
    Anna C
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  20. i think the delegates were willing to risk their lives for independence because they had 2 choices. 1. Live the rest or your life under the law and power of England.
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    2. Be independent with a chance of death.
    I would have chosen 2 (independence) because I would want to stuff I wouldn't get to if King George was still controlling me. I like being free.

    Jess T 5-9 A

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  21. I believe that the men signed the Delectation of Independence, willing to die because they wanted to be free. The men thought that they should not have to pay outrageous taxes. But most of all they wanted to be free of the mother country, and take care of themselves. So to do this they wrote the Deceleration. I wonder how many other countries wrote Declarations.
    Ryan F 5/9A

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  22. I think the delegates were willing to risk their lives so we could be independent. Without them we wouldn't be where we are today. I would've done the same thing so we could have our freedom.

    Emma F 10/11A

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  23. I belive that they put the treason punishment as death is because of many reasons. One reason why is because they were deticated to their country. Another reason is that theyb were proving how badly they wanted this and were not afraid if they died for their ciuntry. Lastly, I belive that they put death as a treason punishment is because that they were not ashamed of their love for the country. Yes, i would also pay for death for my own country. I love my country too much to see it be owned by someone else.
    Kayla F Per. 10/11 A Day

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  24. I believe that the delegates risked their lives for our country. This is because they saw that there could be a blossomy in the country just waiting to bloom.if I was on of the delegates i would have done the same thing. There is no price for freedom you must earn it so if it meant death then i would take it. In Patrick Henry's words "Give me liberty or Give me Death." Those are some words of wisdom that everyone should go by.
    Lilly S. Per. 10-11 A

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  25. I think the delegates risked they're lives so america can be a free country. America would'nt be the country it is today with out them.
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  26. I feel that the delegates were willing to risk their lives to help their country. Many of them were Patriots from the beginning and they were going to see that we got independence even if it meant death for them. They were willing to risk their live for a better cause; our independence. If I was a delegate back then I know I would have done the same.
    Chris Tho.. 10-11A

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  27. Considering the conditions and the American's chances of winning the war, I would honestly not sign the declaration. As mentioned, it does represent treason, and I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't want to risk my life for a nation that has a very slim chance, at that moment, of winning the revolution. I think that the delgates signed the Declaration of Independence because they had confidence that we had a chance of winning because we were fighting for our own liberty and although our army would be made up mostly of farmers and your average colonists, with some help, we could win. This is because when you're fighting with determination, you'll fight until the very end and I think the delgates were willing to do that. They felt that it was their responsibility to create a free nation, one that could make their own choices. Even if one of the consequences were death, they were willing to risk it because they needed to do what they felt was right for the colonies and for the people who want a fresh start.

    Jenna G
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  28. These delegates loved their country so much that they are willing to die for it.If it wasn't for them, America would be ruled by England. Even though George Washington didn't sign the Declaration Of Independence he could still be apart of this group. These me helped out a lot.
    Norm A 10/11 B

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  29. The delegates were willing to risk their lives by signing the Declaration of Independence because they wanted freedom for the colonies and not have to follow Englands laws. Colonists worked hard to survive and make a new home. They wanted to be free from Englands control.
    PatrickH
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  30. I would have signed the Declaration of Independence because we all should be able to be free and make our own choices in life.
    PatrickH
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  31. I think that the reason the delegates were risking their lives was because they thought that the colonists deserved freedom from Great Britain. I would have signed the declaration too. I would do this because I think that the colonies deserve freedom too. Britain was putting too many taxes on the poor colonists. After all, that was one of the main reasons that we broke free of Britain.
    OliviaE Per. 10-11(A)

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  32. I think I would of signed the Declaration of Independence and i would want my freedom

    liam m
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  33. I think the delegates were risking there lives because they really wanted freedom and they would do any thing for it. They probably would do any thing for the colonists too because some are there family and they want the best for them. I think i would have done the same because i would want freedom for my friends and family.

    Nikita G
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  34. I would really want my independence. Surprisingly George Washington was not there to sign the declaration. The red coat controlled for to long. Its our turn to be in charge of our country.

    Gallagher P
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  35. They were willing to do absolutely anything for their freedom including risking their lives. If I were them I would've wanted my freedom and independence too. Britain was in charge of us for too long and I would've done the same thing that the colonists did.

    Emme J
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  36. I think that the Delegates signed the Declaration of Independence because they wanted freedom from England. Also, King George III was being unfair to the colonists and taxing them for trivial things like tea, and paper. He also taxed them even though they didn't have any representation in England. I would've done the same thing and signed the declaration. This is because I would've worked hard to make a living in America, and i wouldn't want my money taken away by some king halfway across the globe

    RileyG
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  37. I think the delegates signed the the Declaration of Independence becuase they wanted to be free from England. Also because they beleived in what they were risking there lives for getting there Independence. I think i would've done the same thing and signed the Declaration of Indepdence to get the freedom for England.
    NicoleP period3/4B

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  38. The delegates were risking their lives so that they can have their freedom, Govner themselves, and to be known as their own country which is America.Yes I would've done the same thing the colonist did .They were treated unfairly and was being taxed from England.I think if the colonist continue being loyalist to England then they would'nt have much money and would of been poor for paying so much taxes. So this is why the colonist created the Declaration of Indpendence and treason from England.
    Sean Nelson 5-9A

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  39. I think the delegates were willing to risk their lives because they wanted to become their own country. They wanted to be free not ruled. I would have done the same thing because I would've wanted freedom. I would've done it because if I successfully made our country free I would be a hero and greatly be known by others.
    Shane G.
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  40. There are many reasons that those delegates chose to sign the Declaration of Independence. I think that they decided to even though they could be killed because they hated the way a king ruled. If I had the choice I would have stood up and done the same thing. If I did this and succeeded, I would no longer have to put up with taxes on little things like stamps and tea. Also, I wouldn't have to have someone ruling from the same family forever. I wonder if anyone has a similar answer ans me?

    Emily Robison
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  41. I think the reason delegates signed the Declaration of Independence even though they could die is for freedom.They did not want to live in a world were they were ruled by a king or be so constricted.They did not want their children to deal with this either.They wanted to be known as their own country.Yes,I would have done the same thing.IT would have freed our country even if i had died,It would encourage more people to sign.I would love to be one of the main reasons this country id free today.

    Christian Kaiser
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  42. I believe the reason why the delegates decided to risk their lives was to be recognized, I believe they didn't want to remove them selves from the British Government. I think they just wanted to be apart of parliament. When they noticed that they weren't going to be apart of Parliament, that is when the Declaration of Independence was signed. These men were brave, they were't cowards, like most people. If I was alive during this time, and I was asked to sign, I would be a coward, and not sign.
    Patrick B
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  43. I think that the Delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence were willing to risk their lives for our freedom. One reason they did this is because they wanted the Colonists to be free from England, and not demanded what they must do. For example England would tax us on paper items, have Redcoats patrol the streets, and put us in charge of a English General. This is why the Delegates felt so compelled to commit the crime of treason risking their lives for us to be free of England, and have equal rights.

    Jack H
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  44. I think the delegates risked their lives because they were sick of England. They hated how they tried to take control of them. They were tired of the king's taxes. They came to America for freedom and they weren't getting it. If I were a delegate, I would have done the exact same thing. I would have signed the Declaration of Independence.
    Melissa C. Period 10/11B 2/4/13

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  45. I think the delegates risked there lives because they knew if England ruled them for much longer many injustices would enforced upon the colonies. These injustices could involve another tax like the stamp act or restricting access to locations like the proclamation line and Boston bay. I probably would have signed the declaration if all of the things England did were true.

    Billy Barrese 3/4B

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  46. I think the reason the delegates did this was because they wanted to be free from England on how bad the king was treating also if they didn't become free they would have to deal with the kings acts of injustice also to bring peace to all of to everything that already had been started
    they wrote the declaration i would have also signed it to prove to England i wasn't there puppet and wasn't go to be told what to do and be free from all the bad stuff they were doing.

    Destinee walston Period 5/9

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  47. If I was in the same position delegates were in I would have done the same. The britich were being to boss us around and the delegates decided to do whats best for their freedom. I would have done the same thing.

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  48. I think they were doing this because they were so angry with the british, they probably didn't even think of the consequences of committing treason until after the declaration was made. I would have done the same because there were people who deserved freedom, and i would be willing to risk my one life for the happiness of hundreds of others.

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  49. I think the delegates were willing to die to become a free nation because they believed that England's ruling over the colonies was extremely unfair. If I believed England's ruling over the colonies was as unfair as the delegates believed I too would risk my own life by signing the Declaration. As long as it meant a chance for possible freedom I would try anything. Today, I am extremely grateful for the freedom we have today all because of the founders and signers of the Declaration. So indeed I believe the signing of the Declaration was by far worth death.

    Jake Z.
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  50. I think that the delegates risk their lives for a Independent Country because, King George wanted them to be part of the Church of England or go to jail, being so committed to their religion they came to the New World for freedom. They finally got away from England, or as they think. They might be on a new piece of land but,they were still being bossed around by King George. So they could be in their own country, no matter what religion you are, they fought for their lives cause this is what they wanted more then anything. Even if they risk their lives and lost, some were fighting for freedom for not just themselves, but their children too. If I were a colonist back then I would fight hard for my freedom. Their choices were maybe dead in heaven, or living being controlled by a bully, that is King George.

    Melissa McMillen
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  51. the colonists risked there lives for freedom. even if they had to die and they had no chose the did not care

    Noelle Gibbons 4-7B

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