The Declaration served a major purpose. "It articulates the fundamental ideas that form the American nation: All men are created free and equal and possess the same inherent, natural rights" ("The Declaration of Independence"). Even back in 1776, Americans knew they wanted The United States to be something different by including the idea of an American Dream where everyone would be given the same chances for success. Knowing that the vision of the American Dream started over two hundred years ago is an interesting concept to grasp. The dream was there from the
America has been built on the foundations of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but how have those words help to define what our country is as a whole? America could not have become what it is without the foundations created by our founding fathers. With the unalienable rights established by our founding fathers, we, as citizens, are blessed to live a prosperous life in which our future is determined by our actions. America is a country where a man can have a dream and accomplish it, become one with his fellow citizens, and discover new innovations daily. Being an American gives citizens the right the live the American dream, cultivate the world’s melting pot, and strive to innovate new ideas.
having no moral standards, restraints, or principles; unaware of or indifferent to questions of right or wrong. Slave owners had a lack of morals during the Pre-Civil War, slaves had horrible conditions, and were treated like animals. No one in modern times would ever treat a human being in the way that Slave owners did in the south. John Holmes, a Maine politician who supported the Missouri Compromise, wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson regarding slavery. In the Letter of John Holmes, Holmes states, "The cession of that kind of property, for so it is misnamed, is a bagatelle which would not cost me a second thought, if, in that way, a general emancipation and expatriation could be effected; and gradually, and with due sacrifices, I think it might be."
Also, women were not treated right , at the time men were bias to the idea of equality for women 's rights. Sojourner Truth was one of the very few women that stood up and contradicted mens ideas for women 's right and helped changed sexist points of view. Therefore , the Civil War redefined Americans perspective of equality, slavery, and women rights. The idea of equality has changed Americans way of thinking since the Civil War. For example in the Gettysburg Address it says 87 years ago America got its independence from britain, a new country made from the freedom of the people, and is committed to the idea that everyone is born similar (lincoln) Which means that 87 years ago America was founded and that in the preamble it states that all men are created equal.
Most people in the Americas have always thought as racism as something that has been around ever since the creation of language, but that is simply not the case. In fact, the idea of slavery is almost as young as the creation of the United States of America. Slavery has many different roots that can be traced back to the first indentured servants and popular cultures at the time. At the time, all races were treated equally and fairly as humans. There was almost no bias to any of the races in the Americas at the time, however, this all changed when the richest class of people separated the races from the poorer class from each other, making a divide.
Abraham Lincoln is commonly praised for ending slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation, issued on September 22, 1862 and effective on January 1, 1863. However, despite the popularity of this belief, the Emancipation Proclamation did not free any slaves, nor did it simply signify Lincoln taking a noble stand against slavery. Lincoln himself proclaimed, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that" (Burton). The issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation was a calculated political and military strategy to preserve the Union that was secondarily able to offer a pathway to freedom for America 's enslaved. Upon reading the text of the Emancipation Proclamation, it becomes clear that the purpose of this document was not to abolish slavery in the United States-or at least this was not the immediate or primary goal.
With this right, they are given the assurance that every man shall be protected from doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority. However, Isabel is not given this well-deserved right and instead is compelled to serve those who are. Naturally, this can be viewed as an unfair act of violation of one’s most sacred right. That is why, when the Declaration of Independence was in construction, Thomas Jefferson had the desire to reveal this inequity to the public. “...Violating it’s most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere,” (Jefferson 1).
The words of Thomas Jefferson from the Declaration of Independence marked the beginning of a nation, and the birth of the United States of America. The basis of the Declaration was based on the idea of freedom, where “all men are created equal.” However, by today’s standards, the Declaration of Independence has many controversial points. One of them concerns the topic over slavery, where there have been many disagreements between the current interpretations and the views of our founding fathers hundreds of years ago. Many have argued that hypocrisy evidently exists in the words written in the Declaration. “The Constitution and Slavery” pointed this out by stating that “Yet at the time these words were written, more than 500,000 black Americans were slaves.
Lincoln freed slaves where he had no power and did nothing where he had power. He never intended to free slaves, at least not immediately, and had suggested a system of apprenticeship. In his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, Lincoln said he would recognize any rebel state in which one-tenth of the voters took an oath of allegiance to the United States and renounced slavery, but he said nothing of the blacks. At the unveiling of Lincoln’s monument after his death, Frederick Douglass told of Lincoln’s white supremacy by saying that he was devoted to the welfare of the white men, and he was willing to sacrifice the rights of colored people to promote the welfare
The American complication with race has multiple positions and outlooks. On the one hand, the white community feels in some way that that blacks focus to much on race and not enough energy on fixing relationships and employment status. At the same time the black community hold a belief that race is still of constitutional importance to American society. Just like Fredrick Douglass stated in the last meeting of the American Antislavery Society, slavery never died. “Had slavery’s death come of moral conviction instead of political and military necessity; had it come in obedience to the enlightenment of the American people; had it come at the call of the humanity…of the slaveholder, as well as the rest of our fellow citizens, slavery might be look upon as honestly dead”.
The races started to gain the same rights whether they were white or African Americans. According to John Buescher no state can deny anyone of their rights of life, liberty, and property (Buescher). Now it was not just the whites who had those 3 main rights the African Americans gained those rights as well and they became a more equal society with whites. The whites do not only have those 3 rights now, but they also could now vote and be a part of the voting process. John Buescher stated, any citizen could now vote no matter what race.
Equality for people was the purpose of America becoming an independent nation, and the constitution disregards that in the case of slavery. The framers of the Constitution refer to slaves as "persons" or "persons held to labor or service." The language use in the document implies an attempt to mask the actual cruelty/brutality of slavery. Not only were they attempting to hide the true conditions of slavery, they protected slavery by the taxed importation of slaves, as well. The framers of the constituion saw slavery as something positive in the economy, without seeing it as morally wrong.
Randall states “He believed that all men and women had been created equal and he considered blacks as MEN--he had capitalized the word in the clause in the Declaration of Independence that had been stricken by the Second Continental Congress” (592). Jefferson’s slave clause was only defeated by one vote, and according to Allison he wanted slaves gone by 1800 (114). Aaron Schwabach who wrote “Thomas Jefferson, Slavery, Slaves.” said that by January 1, 1808 all states with except for South Carolina, slaves became illegal. Jefferson did not take the changes well, he became disappointed by the slavery part getting turned down (277). Jefferson also states that it is the King’s fault for the slave trade going on for seven years, he is the one who started it, he blames him (Randall 212).
Chase dreams even if doing so is technically illegal. Throughout history, we have celebrated those who disobey unjust laws in the name of justice. Take Martin Luther King for example. “A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right of vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law.”(King, p469) However, all sorts of devious methods were used to prevent the colored from becoming registered voters. All men are created equal, but the colored were not given the equal rights to vote nor were they treated equally at that time.
They agreed that slavery trespassed the most basic principle in the Declaration of Independence where it states, “All men are created equal” (pg 422). This shows how these two sides testifying their opinions about slavery could divide the nation. Many people in the North argue for the slavery to be banned (pg 397). However, Southern slave owners defend slavery because by their slaves, their production like cotton is increasing which is helping the South (pg 397). Another important evidence is