The Pursuit Of Happiness In Thomas Jefferson And The Declaration Of Independence

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Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, thus signifying that the thirteen colonies were no longer to be controlled under British rule. This was just the beginning of the separation between the colonies and the British. Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, in his work he expressed mistreatment and oppression the colonies have endured under King George III. Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that the citizens on the American continent were to exercise their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Jefferson’s revolutionary has vision been achieved in the United States in the present day. However, it is to an extent. The United States has come a long way from…show more content…
Even in today's times we still see changes occurring in our society and government. These changes either bring us closer to what Jefferson intended in the Declaration of Independence or push us further away. However, progress to fulfill those statements have occurred during a long period of time. The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776 which means it took 89 years to abolish slavery, granting people their freedom and access to their unalienable rights in 1865. Women were given the right to vote in 1920, one hundred and forty-five years after the Declaration of Independence. African Americans were officially allowed to be integrated with Caucasian Americans, one hundred and eighty-eight years after the Declaration of Independence. Same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015, two hundred and forty years later. Even Though these changes happened during a long period of time, the United States is still not the United States Jefferson envisioned when he wrote the Declaration of independence. The United States has come a long way, however in today's time minority groups are still oppressed. Innocent people being shot by cops. Our government today under the Trump Administration stays away from acknowledging the people's inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We must fight for the equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed and sexual orientation. In the Declaration of independence,
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