Human Freedom Week
By Jacob West and Gilbert Dale
The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.
U.S. Constitution (Bill of Rights)
The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. These limitations serve to protect the natural rights of liberty and property. They guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government's power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the public. 1. Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition. 2. Right to keep and bear arms 3. Conditions for quarters of soldiers4. Right of search and seizure regulated5. Provisons concerning prosecution6. Right to a speedy trial, witnesses, etc.7. Right to a trial by jury8. Excessive bail, cruel punishment 9.Rule of construction of Constitution10.Rights of the States under Constitution
The American Revolution was the political upheaval during the last half of the 18th century in which thirteen colonies in North America joined together to break free from the British Empire, combining to become the United States of America.
The Emancipation Proclamation is an executive order issued by United States President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War using his war powers. It was not a law passed by Congress. It proclaimed the freedom of slaves in the ten states then in rebellion, thus applying to 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves in the U.S. at that time.