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.
American history has two major historical moments, The American Civil War, which ended slavery, and The American Revolutionary War, which gave its independence.
The American Revolutionary War where the result of the Declaration of Independence, which stated how the Americans wanted to become independent from King George and the United Kingdom. (Connor, 2001) This led onto The U.S. Constitution, the Establishment and Security of Government and The First Ten Amendments of the U.S.
Constitutions. Some of these Amendments have lost much of their importance over the years, for example the third Amendment states that No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law, this is not as important today since there have been no war in America since the Civil War.
Most of the Amendments is still relevant though the second Amendment that states, A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. (Connor, 2001)