How the Powder Plot Changed the World

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The Execution of the Conspirators.
Effect on Thomas Jefferson

The Gunpowder Plot changed the history of England, Britain, and the World. Explore the effects of the Gunpowder Plot on these pages.

Thomas Jefferson on Armed Resistance

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Could Jefferson have written without the path being paved over a century earlier by the Conspirators? Thomas Jefferson wrote:
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. 
-Letter to Abigail Adams, Paris, Feb. 22, 1787
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. 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. 
-Declaration of Independence
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure. 
- Letter to William S. Smith, Paris, Nov. 13, 1787 
No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
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