Slavery And The Declaration Of Independence

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Slavery was excluded from the Declaration of Independence due to overwhelming hypocrisy throughout the colonists. Many politicians were divided on the topic, both amongst each other and themselves. They understood that plantations could not exist without a source of cheap labor, but they also understood that the basis for the Declaration of Independence was personal freedom. They realized that slavery violated the basic human right that they were fighting for, but they needed the economic stability it provided. Many politicians, like Thomas Jefferson, owned hundreds of slaves.
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