Pennsylvania Farmer -- Declaration of Independence What Essay

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Pennsylvania Farmer -- Declaration of Independence

What objections did the "Pennsylvania Farmer" have regarding the content of the Declaration of Independence? What did the Pennsylvania Farmer agree with, philosophically, and fundamentally, regarding the wording of the Declaration of Independence? These questions will be addressed in this paper.

The Declaration of Independence and the Pennsylvania Farmer

Essayist Charles Kromkowski asserts that prior to 1774, few colonists had "openly advocated" independence (Kromkowski, 2010, p. 45). However, leading up to the 1770s there were influential propaganda-themed documents published and distributed throughout the colonies that vigorously opposed the fact that the British Parliament acted arbitrarily in taxing the colonies without the consent of the colonists and that the British Parliament unilaterally suspended the New York legislature, among other egregious acts. One of the most influential writers of propaganda in the late 1760s was the "Pennsylvania Farmer," whose name was John Dickinson and who actually was not a farmer at all but rather he was a successful lawyer trained in London and Philadelphia -- and a legislator who opposed using
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What argument for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution -- based on the philosophical ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence (DOI) -- would the Pennsylvania Farmer make? He would certainly agree with the passages in the DOI that relates to the England's degrees: a) "…Imposing Taxes on us without our consent"; b) and for the act of dissolving "Representative Houses repeatedly… [refusing] to cause others to be elected…" (DOI). In the Pennsylvania Farmer's first letter, he insists that the British Parliament "had no right" to suspend the legislative powers of New York (Jensen, 2003, p. 131). "It seems therefore to me as much a violation of the liberty of the people of [New York], and consequently of all these colonies, as if the parliament had sent a number of regiments to be quartered upon…

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