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All Men Created EqualAmerica has undergone incredible hardships as a nation No issue has hadmore impact on the development of the American definition of freedom thanthe issue of slavery Did the Constitution specify which men were createdequal Surprisingly enough the phrase all men are created equal with certaininalienable rights did not mean what it does today The nation was dividedon the issue of slavery and the rights of the black man in its early stagesas a growing republic Abraham Lincoln was a brave pioneer who dared to rubhis hand against the grain of slavery bringing the original ideals ofAmericas founders to a new light He was a man who felt he was witnessinga slow decay in the foundation of the American principles His views werenot met with unanimous applause from the American people He battled againstan equally strong constituency the slave owners and theirpresidential candidate Judge Douglas Abrahams grounds for the abolitionof slavery were based on the words that were scripted in the Declarationof Independence and the meaning of those words as they related to Americancitizens and the celebration of the 4th of JulyMany Americans argued that the Negroes were not entitled to the samerights because they were not legally citizens of the United States of AmericaThis issue was dealt with in the ruling of the Dredd Scott case Lincolnpoints out that the ruling of the case was based on historical fact thatwas wrongly assumed Judge Taney who presided over the case stated thatNegroes were no part of the people who made or for whom was made theDeclaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States Thisstatement was later refuted by Judge Curtis who shows that in five of thethen thirteen statesfree negroes were voters and in proportion totheir numbers had the same part in making the Constitution that the whitepeople had The fact that Negroes were citizens who participated in theframing of the Constitution gave them the same freedoms as the white
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