Essay on Liberty For All By Thomas Jefferson

1770 Words Nov 22nd, 2014 8 Pages
Liberty for all, the idea of it is enough to rally the masses to fight to gain it. This idea was the whole basis behind the American Revolution, best put by Thomas Jefferson with “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.” While this idea seems simple enough to achieve, first the Americans would have to successfully defeat their Mother Country Great Britain, who was currently the strongest power across the globe, as well as provide a stable structure to unify the country and provide this liberty to all. This “liberty for all” message behind the American Revolution is truthfully quite ironic, as in the years following the American’s successful secession from Britain, this freedom and “unalienable right” seemed only achievable for few within the populace. Though this war had officially began in 1776, this major split between the colonists and the British had been worsening since the conclusion of the Seven Years War with the introduction of the Stamp Act in 1765. Prior to 1765, the British had treated the American Colonies with a form of “salutary neglect”, in which they would practically allow the colonies to function as they were without the British interfering with their affairs. With this “salutary neglect” as a basis of much of the colonies’ history up until 1750 allowed them to do a multitude of things…

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