The Declaration of Independence and Equality Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the limited protections offered by the Declaration of Independence's for America's disenfranchised populations.
# 146189 | 1,517 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper demonstrates how, in spite of the egalitarian principles in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, the period which was to follow the Civil War was rife with indications that the ideals of the Declaration had not been extended to include black, Native American or female citizens of the union. The paper looks at Thomas Jefferson's writings, Thomas Paine's "Common Sense", James Madison's "Federalist Papers" and the views of Tocqueville. The paper highlights their range of beliefs and shows how the new government would later be proven vulnerable to the cultural, economic and political divides which these founding fathers recognized years before.

From the Paper:

"Jefferson's assertion of a wholly organic process suggests that the philosophy found in the Declaration was perhaps endorsed by the intensity of British tyranny or by the sense of something significant coming into being on a state level. In either respect, the core principle found in his work is that the rising of individual liberties and of self-determination were inexorable. To Jefferson, the inevitable exclusions and machinations of America in the aftermath of the revolution seemed to come from a fully alternate process than that which delivered his treatise against the British. Indeed, his desire for the ascension of individual rights would seem to have subsided in the ensuing years during which the Federalist Papers would be published, with Jefferson's conception of equality ultimately subsiding to political forces less intent upon individual rights outside of a protection of the government's sovereignty. This, to the perception of the Declaration, would be an ironically close approximation to British monarchy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hoffman, E.C., Gjerde, J. & Paterson, T. (2001). Major Problems in American History: Documents and Essays, Volume I: To 1877. Wadsworth Publishing.

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