All Men Are Created Equal - Summary

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Dante’ Lipscomb
Professor Hinds
English 1113
December 7, 2010

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”. This is a precedent that was established centuries ago to tell the people of its time that there is no man lesser than another. It was set and meant to last for a very long time. Thomas Jefferson was the one who made the phrase famous, but it was his great friend Philip Mazzei who first used the saying through a letter written to Jefferson called “Joint Resolution 175 of the 103rd Congress“, which was later proposed for the United States Constitution. This same phrase Jefferson later used as the groundwork for our nation in The Declaration of Independence of 1776. It was written intending to show people that everyone was equal; showing them the way it was supposed to be. The phrase evolved to something more than just a few words. It has become an effort, or more like a movement.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. adopted the phrase that Jefferson made famous during the Civil Rights movements in order to put in high sight for the nation what needed to be done in order to keep the United States from collapsing. Inequality across the nation is slowly vanishing as the decades go by but I honestly don’t think it will fully die out, it’s more so hiding out in the bottom of peoples’ hearts. But that is much better than the way things were decades ago.

In order for the people to realize that all men should be created equal they have to realize that it’s more than words, it’s a lifestyle. They would have to live that way. Showing equality towards all races, sizes, shapes, n colors with no underlying hatred or resentment. I won’t be naïve to the fact that the Founders were slaveholders; probably the biggest slaveholders in the nation when it came to numbers, but that doesn’t mean that those men didn’t have vision. When I say vision I mean they saw the future basically. They didn’t think for their time, they were thinking...
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