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Women, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness Essay

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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.” Despite our founding stating that all men are created equal, the course of history has proven otherwise. Throughout the 19th and 20th century, reforms were made, but the lack of equality still remained unresolved. Today the conquest for racial equality and reform still remains a prevalent issue in the United States. Authors like Alexis De Tocqueville, W.E.B DuBois, and Frederick Harris albeit from different time periods believed democratic reforms failed to eliminate the ‘tyranny of the white majority’ and the United States has continued to provide evidence to confirm that belief. For most of the 19th century slavery was established a backbone that kept the southern farming economy stable. Democracy in America documents De Tocqueville’s time in America when there was massive charge by parts of the United States to abolish slavery. Though the reform had brought hope and possibly a new chance at equality for all, De Tocqueville had a very pessimistic view on the possible reform. De Tocqueville pessimistic views stemmed from an almost toxic relationship held between the relationship between white and black men. De Tocqueville believes even if slavery were to be abolished that the relationship between whites and blacks would still remain strained as white men would
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