Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness?

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
In the 18th century the ideas of equality and freedom started to become bigger ideas. White women, African Americans, and non-elites used examples from the Declaration of Independence, religion, and they fought to claim their rights in the United States. Any person that was not a white man was usually treated differently. African Americans were slaves, and forced to work in harsh conditions, women had to stay at home and take care of children, or work. People that were not rich did not have money to be treated equally. These people used similar tactics to be able to gain their freedom and equally. African Americans not only had to fight for equivalence, but also for their freedom. African Americans began to petition liberty by making things like pamphlets in newspapers. The most used words in these pamphlets were liberty and slavery. They sent two petitions to the Massachusetts General Court begging for their rights, but they did not want to offend the white lawmakers. To not offend anyone, they said that they were aware of the harm they might cause harm to their masters, but the right belongs to them. They talked about how they also deserved to have rights because they were men. Although, they don’t state it directly they were using language from the Declaration of Independence because the Declaration states all men are created equal, and that everyone should have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The
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