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The Declaration Of Independence And The Treaty Of The Rights Of Man

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The shared passion of visionaries, thinkers, and writers profoundly influence society in the modern world and hold in their hands the ability to craft a better future. They inspire new ,, and sometimes even revolution. Two documents of the 18th century, The Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Rights of man established and angle for which we view human rights, liberties, and human freedoms. While the underlying motivations of the declarations each have a distinct purpose, the intent to establish universal human rights parallel and often mimic one another in language and meaning. Both documents however have interesting contradictions and inconsistences with regards to whom the liberties should apply, from whom the authority is derived and the motivations behind the drafting of each respective declaration.
Equality of man is a foundation for any true liberal democracy. It is not surprising that both documents, The Declaration of Independence, and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, establish the idea of equality as an intrinsic right for individuals. However, to fully understand the meaning of equality for each author, it is necessary to recognize the sizeable contradiction surrounding the time each declaration was written. In Colonial America, the authors of the Declaration proclaim, “all men are created equal,” with the, “unalienable rights,” of, “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” (US 1776). While in France on the verge of creating a new government
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