BBC News – Is the US Declaration of Independence illegal?

BBC News – Is the US Declaration of Independence illegal?.

Is the US Declaration of Independence illegal?

In Philadelphia, American and British lawyers have debated the legality of America’s founding documents.

On Tuesday night, while Republican candidates in Nevada were debating such American issues as nuclear waste disposal and the immigration status of Mitt Romney’s gardener, American and British lawyers in Philadelphia were taking on a far more fundamental topic.

Namely, just what did Thomas Jefferson think he was doing?

Some background: during the hot and sweltering summer of 1776, members of the second Continental Congress travelled to Philadelphia to discuss their frustration with royal rule.

By 4 July, America’s founding fathers approved a simple document penned by Jefferson that enumerated their grievances and announced themselves a sovereign nation.

Called the Declaration of Independence, it was a blow for freedom, a call to war, and the founding of a new empire.

It was also totally illegitimate and illegal.

At least, that was what lawyers from the UK argued during a debate at Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Hall.

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Read the full story here: BBC News Magazine

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2 responses to “BBC News – Is the US Declaration of Independence illegal?

  1. Pit

    Now that really raises an interesting legal point. As interesting, to my mind, as if the secession was legal and thereby Lincoln’s declaring war on the confederate states.

  2. Pingback: Britain- BBC Still Wants To Own The U.S.A. – “Is the US Declaration of Independence illegal?” « News Worldwide

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