Jefferson wrote, â€œ[We believe] 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.â€ What drove Jefferson and the Second Continental Congress to pen such a statement? Consider the following questions as you respond:
- How did this break from past interpretations of government and its role?
- How did under-represented groups, such as American Indians, slaves, and women interpret these words?
- In what ways did their interpretation of â€œall menâ€ differ from how it is interpreted today?