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Can the Declaration of Independence be considered in part propaganda? What are the target audiences of the propaganda?

Oct 3rd, 2015

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In a broad sense, the declaration of independence can be considered to contain propaganda. English (2012) said that one technique that the declaration of independence used was called "The glittering generalities technique" (p.1). Basically, this is when a person (or people) use words that are uneasy to define or are ambiguous. The declaration uses words such as wholesome and good when describing the kings refusal to assent to certain laws. Later the declaration says that the king called legislative bodies together at "uncomfortable places." Although there are other instances of propaganda contained within the Deceleration of Independence, these two instances clarify that certain types of propaganda were indeed included with in this historic document. The included propaganda was aimed to influence the readers of the document and to justify the writers stance to their followers.

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Englsih, T. (2012, September 26). TJ English 332: Declaration of Independence Propaganda. Retrieved September 23, 2015

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