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The Declaration of Independence declares that "all men are created equal." How is this...

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puddles | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 29, 2009 at 3:07 AM via web

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The Declaration of Independence declares that "all men are created equal." How is this principle expressed in the structure of the Constitution?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 29, 2009 at 3:39 AM (Answer #1)

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The Constitution reflects the egalitarianism of Jefferson's Declaration in several ways.  In the Preamble, the goals of the Constitution are stated in the manner where equality within the law is present.  The language of the Preamble articulates the goals and purposes of the Constitution as applying to all people.  Particularly of note is the idea of securing the blessings of liberty to ourselves, which suggests that all individuals possess freedom and no one individual can act in a manner that presumes an unequal proportioning of this freedom.  Additionally, the structure of the Constitution in terms of checks and balances, with each branch possessing equal amount of power in relation to one another also confirms the notion of equality within the structure of the Constitution.  Finally, the application of amendments within the Constitution presumes a sense of equality to all and for all.  In situations where the Framers might not have "gotten it right," additional amendments have been added to underscore the reality that the Constitution is a document predicated upon equality for all Americans.

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