All men were created equal
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"All Men Are Created Equal." Really?
Note: The following text is a transcription of the Stone Engraving of the parchment Declaration of Independence the document on display in the Rotunda at the National Archives Museum. The spelling and punctuation reflects the original. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
The Declaration of Independence, approved on 4 July by the thirteen colonies which were about to form the United States of America, has returned to the headlines recently after a parchment copy of the iconic document, only the second known to exist, was discovered in the somewhat unlikely surroundings of the West Sussex Record Office. The excitement generated by this discovery on both sides of the Atlantic is testament to the enduring power of the Declaration. It includes some of the most resonant passages of text in modern history, not least the following:. However, historians of the United States have for many years sought to unpack these revolutionary ideals, and specifically to point out the contradictions they mask. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are both celebrated with imposing monuments close to the halls of power in Washington, DC, while the designs of the founding fathers continue to be a touchstone for political and legal debates. All three, in their own way, offered frameworks in which the founding ideals of the United States could be celebrated, while overtly acknowledging the complexities within the revolutionary project.
A collective project by historians for the public
So begin Jefferson's famous words from the body of The Declaration of Independence of Beautiful though the thought and the wording may be, it simply does not stand up to even momentary analysis. Already, a commenter has accused me of anti-American sentiment simply because I intimated that American military command might have made some mistake in judgment at some point. But The Proverbial Skeptic does not exist to steer clear of our sacred cows, it exists to scrutinize them. And what could be more American, more Jeffersonian, than rigorously applying enlightenment reasoning without regard for what is held as holy or sacrosanct? Now, this post does not serve to denigrate the social value of treating everybody of every race, creed, religion, and sexuality in the same way under the law.