The revolutionary colonists prepare
for war against the British crown and send King George III a
document inspired by the thoughts and words of another Englishman,
17th century empiricist, John Locke: the Declaration of
John Locke, the English political theorist who served as
the ideological mentor to the Founders of the United States.
The landmark document enshrined
the ideas that all men are created equally in the eyes of the law,
and that 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' are the
inalienable rights of all men. Of course, once the United
States government was formed under the U.S. Constitution, it would
systematically deny those 'inalienable rights' to African
Americans, American Indians, Mexican Americans, nd Asians,
for most of the 19th century.
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