All Men Created Equal Essay

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All Men Created Equal

America has undergone incredible hardships as a nation. No issue has had more impact on the development of the American definition of freedom than the issue of slavery. Did the Constitution specify which men were created equal? Surprisingly enough the phrase "all men are created equal with certain inalienable rights" did not mean what it does today. The nation was divided on the issue of slavery and the rights of the black man in its early stages as a growing republic. Abraham Lincoln was a brave pioneer who dared to rub his hand against the grain of slavery bringing the original ideals of America's founders to a new light. He was a man who felt he was witnessing a slow decay in the foundation of the
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They did not mean to say all were equal in color, size, intellect, moral developments, or social capacity."

This statement was perfectly logical. The Declaration goes on to state that the
"inalienable rights" that human beings have are the rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This was the idea which Abraham believed was the
"standard maxim for free society." Abraham even used a parallel from the Bible.
"'As your Father in Heaven is perfect, be ye also perfect.'" This quote from
Matthew 5:48 was used to illustrate that God had set an impossible goal for us to attain, and in the same way the framers of the Constitution and writers of the Declaration of Independence gave mankind an endeavor to give equality to all mankind. Douglas argued that the writers only meant to give the British citizens in America equal rights to the British citizens then residing in Great
Britain. Douglas' argument for this hypothesis was:

"'they [the writers] referred to the white race alone, and not to the African, when they declared all men to have been created equal'"

It was terribly wrong because ‘white' did not necessarily mean British. Where did this statement leave white immigrants from Germany and France who were not necessarily ‘British'? The Declaration was not meant as a mere statement of liberation from Britain but as the basis of a
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