The Declaration Of Independence And The Constitution Essay

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The words “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” are words that each American holds dearly in our hearts (Jefferson, 11). Words that Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed in his famous “I have a dream” speech, was a creed by our Founders, written into a “promissory note” to each and every American (http://www.mlkonline.net/dream.html). Unfortunately, there were exceptions to this rule of equality. This week I will attempt to establish, in terms of racial equality, what, if any role America’s government should play to ensure equality of opportunity as well as the role, if any, it should play to ensure equality of outcome?
At the very foundation of America, slavery has been a point of contention and debate because of its opposing correlation to the freedoms outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Equality, as outlined in our founding documents, was not afforded to the black slaves of early America. Matthew Spalding pointed out that many of our Founders; namely George Washington, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson were slave owners, yet were opposed to slavery (Spalding, 461). George Washington, indicated throughout his life and correspondence that he struggled with and understood the hypocrisy of the “reality and inhumanity of slavery” during the construction of a free America (Spalding, 461). As a slave owner of approximately two hundred, Jefferson included in the draft version of the Declaration of…

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