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06 equality in the US

06 equality in the US - Jennifer Jordan HIST156 Section...

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Jennifer Jordan HIST156; Section 0112 Exercise #3 11-27-06 "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." In 1776, Thomas Jefferson incorporated these monumental words in the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence. The weight these words carried provided Americans with a deep sense of hope and love for the direction their country was headed. However, throughout the decades that followed, historical figures such as Andrew Jackson, Thomas Skidmore, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton have questioned the integrity of this statement. In Andrew Jackson’s veto of the legislation chartering the Bank of the United States in 1832, he voices his opinion of inequality in America. He states that “equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions.” Andrew Jackson believed that having a national bank would only make the wealthy wealthier and give the poor, working class people another reason to complain that the government continues to pass legislations that keep them trapped in the poor, working class status. He persuaded that the government’s strength would only come from allowing individual
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