Back on July 4, 1776, representatives from New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, signed what is today known as the United States Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration explained why the Thirteen Colonies would be at war with the United Kingdom, because they would regard themselves as thirteen independent states, that would no longer under the rule of the British. With the Declaration, these Thirteen states took a collective first step toward forming the United States of America. (Millar, 2001)

This essay wants to account for the historical events that has shaped the American values into what they have become. Based on this, it will be discussed how those same values are the cause of the riots and national division taking place in the USA today.

In 1861 to 1865 The American Civil War took place fought between the northern states, loyal to the Union, and southern states that had seceded itself to instead form the Confederate States of America. (Comer, 2001) The civil war began primarily because of the long-standing controversy over the enslavement of black people.

The northern states were ready to forbid slavery of all sorts, while the southern states would have liked to keep the slavery legal, since most of their production were dependent on slaves and they would therefore make less money.

Even after the war was won by the northern states, black people would still be considered less than white people by everyone, but the worst was from the southerners who believed they should have won the war. (Comer, 2001)