The national archives is a prestigious institution of the United States of America which holds most of the important documents that helped in the formation and founding of the nation (Wills, 2018). The archives building is situated in the Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C. the three important documents known as the Constitution the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights are all preserved in this particular facility.
The particular primary example taken for this paper is The Declaration of Independence. This was constituted on July 4th 1776. This was the declaration when the thirteen American colonies under the British Empire would declare independence from the colonial power (Tsesis, 2015). Therefore this declaration is of immense value to the American nation.
Personally after visiting the National Archives and watching the various documents finally I had my eye on the Declaration of Independence document. The preamble of the United States is as follows “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (Archives.gov, 2018). What have understood is the Declaration of Independence of the United States start with stating that the government which is corrupted and the power has been concentrated in the hands of wrong political factions, it is imperative to change such a power and declare separation for the sake of common good. “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness” (Archives.gov, 2018). These statements have profound values on the basis of the foundation of the United States of America. The history of the struggle of the people of this nation in the face of the oppressions can be clearly understood from the declaration of independence. The way oppressive governments and powers has been condoled proves the wrath of the people of the 13 states who were continuously oppressed and then they had to revolt against such a system (Washington & Army, 2014).
Some contemporary issue can also be discussed in this regard. There is a growing debate about intolerance and communal tension within the country. (Link- https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/06/books/review/kathleen-belew-bring-the-war-home.html) . The political factions are hungry to gain power by using such tools. The words of the declaration of the independence appears to be true in the face of the contemporary problems faced by the nation today. The ultimate power has been dedicated to the people and it is said in the declaration of independence that it is them who will take the final decision about the fate of the nation.
The governed will also govern and any political faction that becomes corrupted by accumulation of power will be dissolved by the people of the nation, which is what happened 4th July 1776 when the 13 states finally broke the shackles of slavery and revolted against the colonial British power to become free and Independent. It is seen in the world history that whenever power has become corrupt and whenever people have been united against such oppressive power, those powers have fallen.
Archives.gov. (2018). The Declaration of Independence. Retrieved from https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration
Tsesis, A. (2015). The Declaration of Independence and Constitutional Interpretation. S. Cal. L. Rev., 89, 369.
Washington, G., & Army, C. (2014). The American Revolution: 1775-1783. Vol. II. Boston: Little, Brown.
Wills, G. (2018). Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence. Vintage.