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Essay: Did the Declaration of Independence live up to its statement "all men are created equal?"


Intro - The United States had devised the declaration originally to list the reasons why they separated its thirteen colonies from the British Empire and king George III's rule.

July 4, 1776 is a date that is celebrated till this day by many Americans

The Declaration's most famous sentence reads: "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."

However, the US did not live up to its idealist promise of equality by 1877.

Women, Slaves, and Native Americans

Paragraph 2 - Women were not mentioned and forgotten in the declaration of independence.

Early women's rights activists - Seneca Falls Convention in 1848

Drafted their "Declaration of Sentiments" - "We hold these truths to be self-evident," they said, "that all men and women are created equal.

Abigail Adams suggested to her husband John Adams in a series of letters exchanged to "Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them."

In the "new Code Laws" that was being drafted at the Continental Congress

Paragraph 3 - Slaves were still legal post declaration of independence, if all men were created equal then why was slavery still legal?

Thomas Jefferson himself showed the contradiction of the Revolutionary Era, since he himself was a slave holder

Even after the civil war in which the majority of the people believed that the reason for war was because of the existence of slavery The declaration of independence did not live up to its idealistic idea of equality

Adopted the 13th Amendment to the constitution - outlawed the practice of slavery...