Essay on The Declaration Of Independence And Independence

882 Words Nov 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Paper 2 “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.” Almost anyone in the United States can tell where this famous quote is from because it is from one of our very important American documents The Declaration of Independence. The Second Continental Congress met up on July 1,1776 to discuss The Declaration of Independence, and the next day 12 of the 13 colonies signed to declare independence from Great Britain. The Congressmen spent two days revising the declaration made up by Thomas Jefferson. On July 4,1776, The Declaration of Independence was signed, and July 4th became Independence Day. July 4th was a day to celebrate independence, but everyone wasn’t celebrating because everyone wasn’t independent. The people I am referring to are slaves. Slaves didn’t get their independence until 1865. Thomas Jefferson wanted to abolish slavery when the declaration of independence was signed in 1776, but the US wasn’t ready to get rid of slavery. If Thomas Jefferson would have tried to abolish slavery he would have upset many people in the US especially in the South. Thomas Jefferson was not the only one who wanted to get rid of slavery. Many wanted slavery to be abolished from the US including Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney. Sigourney wrote many poems about how horrible slavery was, and how it should…

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