Even today in our society we still follow The Declaration of Independence. The quote "All men are created equally" for us mean that, All U.S citizen are the same, we have have the same equal rights and no one is differently when it comes to laws. In the novelette equality
Although slavery was contradicted the ideas of freedom brought forth by the Revolutionist, these notions only applied to White men. Therefore, although the Declaration of Independence stated that “all men are created equally”, Black slaves were not included in the category of “all
My Values of Equality Milton Friedman, an American economist, in his article “Created Equal”, points out his concept about “Created Equal”. Friedman discusses the different ways that humans are considered to be equal, and then he declares three specific categories for human equality: equality before God, equality of opportunity and equality of outcome. Friedman argues that the first equality is the Founders’ use, the second equality is compatible with liberty, and the third equality is socialism. Equality is such a beautiful word that everyone should appreciate, and Friedman claims his points about its concept from his own comprehension. I really respect Friedman’s points about equality; however, there is something critical about equality which
Traditionally, in the early American and European societies women and men were placed in two different spheres (Brinkley, 329). Men, typically, brought in the income doing hard work while the women stayed home to produce and take care of children, these spheres also meant that women weren’t allowed to vote and usually got no education. Rising feminism lead to the Seneca Falls Convention, where Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in the Seneca Falls Declaration wrote that they “declare our right to be free as man is free, to be represented in the government, in which we are taxed to support.” (Doc. I). While, the Declaration of Independence does say that “all men were created equal” the principle of equality stands.
While the Declaration of Independence expressed the ideas of equality and liberty this did not mean that every group in America received the same benefits from the promise of the Revolution. Looking at the situation after the Revolution, Richard Morris comments: "Everywhere one finds inequality." He finds "the people" of "We the people of the United States" (a phrase coined by the very rich Gouverneur Morris) did not mean Indians or blacks or women or white servants (Zinn). The Indians were excluded from equality and liberty in America because they were saw as "savages" by the Americans. The slaves in the South were excluded from the blessings of liberty too since they were owned by their masters and had no freedom.
Ever since the Constitution was written, there have been many interpretations of the phrase “all men are created equal”. Does that include every human, or just the white man? The seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, and his party, the Jacksonian Democrats, proclaimed themselves to be defenders of the Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity. But during the Jacksonian Era, only white males could vote. Additionally, the Jacksonians violated the basic rights of Native Americans by kicking them off of their own land.
So when ships arrived in 1619 with African Americans the problem was solved, slaves seemed like a simple solution. Even though the Declaration of Independence states, “all men are created equal” a large group of people was ignored in this statement. While white Americans were free African American
Thomas Jefferson wrote one of the most important and ironic phrases in the United States’s history: “...that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable right; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (652). The Declaration of Independence boasts that it supports that all men have a right to liberty. However, even though they declare it, it does not always hold truthful. The declaration only promotes the freedom and separation as a united country or for the men of the occupied countries. There is no reference to women, people of color, or children in regards to liberty.
Even after hundreds of years, America still has not been able to figure out a way to re-create the idea of equality of rights and freedoms to everyone. African Americans are still being discriminated, women are still recieving smaller wages, and homosexuals are still thought as inappropriate. The list of things America treats as unequal goes on to infinity. No matter what anyone will do, the discrimination and inequality in our nation will never end. After hundreds of years the thought of living in America and being able to live the “free” life, will never be as it was at one point in time.
Going back to the Declaration of Independence, it only acknowledges the “self-evident truth” that all men are created equal, implying that women are out of the question. In hindsight, the document even had a hole in its argument for equality among men, almost bordering hypocritical. Around the time of the revolution, a significant amount of the population of the colonies was composed of slaves of African descent who were seen and held as property, clearly not equal with the wealthy land-owning white men. It also helps to remember that the author of the Declaration of Independence, Third President of the United States Thomas Jefferson, was a white, wealthy man who owned slaves. If we arrange the hierarchy, at the top was the British crown, next was the white male aristocratic landowners and the delegates of the continental congress, next was the middle-class men and women, and at the very bottom were the slaves.
Numerous women expressed their disapproval towards how they were denied their rights based on their gender, thus causing women to take a stand for their suffrage and rights. In a letter to her husband, Abigail Adams told him to “be more generous and favourable to [women] than [his]
In 1776, the United States became a free nation independent from Great Britain. It represented a world where all individuals were equal and had the opportunity to start anew. However, that was not the case for African Americans. They did not receive the same opportunities as white citizens and did not get their “freedom” declared until 1865 with the creation of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery (The Library of Congress). To this day, the portrayal of African Americans is used as a tool to enhance the image of a white man or woman.
The Declaration of Independence includes the statement that all men are created equal. Not all people had the rights and freedoms of everyone else. Source B is a letter from Abigail Adams to her husband, John Adams. She declares that the Continental Congress in Philadelphia should be generous and favorable to the women, by letting them have a say in government, and give them more rights. In Source C, the author of this slave petition to the House of Representatives expresses his feelings of not being able to have freedoms as an African American living in America.
The Constitution of the United States created in 1787 provided the framework for an egalitarian society where every free white male had equal representation and therefore promoted social happiness. However, in 1787 there were many groups of people in the newly formed United States of America that were not addressed, or even disenfranchised by the new Constitution. This included slaves, free women, and American Indians. Whereas free white males had their liberties fully expressed by the constitution including fair and equal representation, social happiness should include every group within the United States as every person in the States should have a say in government.