The Pursuit Of Happiness In Thomas Jefferson's Declaration Of Independence

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A Pursuit of Happiness What does Jefferson mean in “The Declaration of Independence” when he says that people have certain unalienable human rights, and among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness? Thomas Jefferson was an educated man and was chosen to write “The Declaration of Independence” because of his writing skills. He wrote the document in 1776, a time of turmoil in the 13 colonies. It was drafted during the continental congress in only a few days. These ideas can be defined in different ways and lead to differences of opinion from person to person. No one truly knows what Jefferson meant; we must look for context clues, in documents from the times in which he lived. It was a different time and his vision portrayed a very different picture. Although society nowadays has a better quality of life and people live longer than in Jefferson’s time; I do not believe…show more content…
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