For this project, your group will be looking at the Declaration of Independence and another country’s document AS LITERATURE. You will be examining HOW they are written, and you will be explaining how one was potentially (or obviously) influenced by the other. You will present your findings to the rest of the class.
Prior to reading your document, it is important to place it "in context." This means understanding the basic history leading up to the formation of the document, as well as the cultural ideas nurtured it that nurtured it.
2. Read and Compare
Read the document your first time through with an eye for similarities and differences, when compared to our own American Declaration of Independence. Take notes!
Using insight from your reading, search for additional information that may not be available in more general resources about the document. This type of information will add depth to your analysis. A single article is provided to get you started.
Complete directions for this project are linked below:
Literature – especially political writings – not only reflects the time period during which it is written but also strives to influence the people of the time. Sometimes, it even continues to influence people (and other literature) long after it was published.
The U.S. Declaration of Independence is certainly an important document for our country, but it is not the only document of its type. Other governments – both before and after the United States – crafted their own pieces of writing declaring their rights and responsibilities as independent people.
Dutch Declaration of Independence, 1581
- Wikipedia (general knowledge)
- Read the Declaration
- More to think about....
Parker, G. (1981). JULY 26th, 1581: THE DUTCH 'DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. History Today, 31(7), 3. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
Vietnamese Declaration of Independence, 1945
- Wikipedia(general knowledge)
- Read the Declaration (or Watch & listen)
- More to think about...
Ho Chi Minh Was Noted for Success in Blending Nationalism and Communism (The New York Times, 1969)