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"Declaration of Independence: A Contradiction"

            Thomas Jefferson and several other significant individuals were the architects for clearly one of the most important documents in our countries history. They constructed and carefully crafted a document with such power to invoke a war against England. But in the process of writing the Declaration on Independence the founding fathers made undeniable contradictions and created a double standard in the process of liberating America. Double standards are something that has become engraved into our society. But the double standard set when writing the Declaration of Independence, is one that is more prominent and affected African American slaves greatly. In the Declaration of Independence it stated, "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- But, "all" men did not apply to African Americans specifically slaves. Slaves were still held unwillingly and forced to work under harsh treatment from theirs masters. And this exclusion of slaves was purposely done to better such things as the economy of the country, and the perception of slaves and women and Native Americans. Our founding fathers made this obvious contradiction, but it was not justified and was not morally right. .
             A main reason that Thomas Jefferson made this distinct contradiction was because Jefferson owned over 200 slaves of his own. Jefferson did not hold high regards to slaves or African Americans for that matter. Jefferson like most Americans at the time .
             thought of slaves as just property. The slaves were viewed as something similar to cattle of livestock. Slaves being brought into the country would provide a steady source of cheap and efficient labor.

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