Declaration of Independence Essay

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“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.” These infamous words are known nationally, and even internationally, by all those old enough to read or hear them. These “truths” are the essence of the American Declaration of Independence, written in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson. Indeed, they are self-evident, in that they have endured in the centuries that have passed since that time and been carried upon American shoulders with dignity and pride. Though it is sadly irrefutable that we as a people have made gravely immoral actions, we have always striven to abide by these founding words – Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness – and continue to do so in modern society. Some argue that slavery was a direct violation of human rights, as stated in the Declaration that “all men are created equal” and that each one has a right to “Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” – regardless of their skin color. Other lines bring up similar controversy, especially “He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.” While true that our founding fathers were not blameless of discrimination, their descendents took up their mantle and remedied their mistakes through abolishing prejudice in the United States. It is said universally that America is the land of dreams and tolerance of all kinds. This is as true today as it was over two-hundred years ago. Our borders are open for all legal immigrants from any land; in 2006 we accepted more legal immigrants as permanent residents than all the other countries in the world

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