Unformatted text preview: of the declaration narrows these right bearers to those, “endowed by their creator.” This does not explicitly change those who are included as right bearers, but does leave it up for interpretation. While in the first draft it seems more clear that all men are equal. Perhaps in the ladder’s case one can interpret this as not including slaves; that they are different upon creation and therefore were never endowed these rights from their creator. Upon further analysis, Jefferson’s original draft accuses the king of the crime of trading in slaves. This entire paragraph did not appear in the final draft. Slavery was a deep-rooted part of the culture during the 18 th century. The founding fathers would have had no qualms violating slaves’ human rights simply because they were never endowed the same rights from their creator....
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- Spring '11
- United States Declaration of Independence, English Civil War, equal creation, native rights