The Declaration Of Independence By Thomas Jefferson

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In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson stated that, “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.” Though Jefferson and the Founding Fathers developed this document in order to gain autonomy from the British, it also constructed the base of equality. However, what truly heightened the movement for freedom were the bold assertions transcendentalists made through the course of Abolitionism. During the Abolitionist movements in the 1830s, Emerson claimed, “I think we must get rid of slavery, or we must get rid of freedom”(Emerson). Although Emerson directed this statement specifically to the Southern slave owners and the slave population, he and other transcendentalists initiated a worldwide sense of equality. This idea of equality that includes one’s natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, not only applies to the citizens of the United States, but extends to every living and breathing human being on this Earth. While some people believed that slavery and any form of involuntary servitude had been outlawed on December 6, 1865 with the ratification of the thirteenth amendment, human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking, is still prevalent in certain parts of the United States, especially in underdeveloped or third world countries in Asia and the Middle East. Many,
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