What is the similarity between Atticus and "The Declaration of Independence"?please help except using "all men are creaated equal"

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Atticus believes that the idea of all men being created equal is self-evident. In other words, it is beyond the need for proof; everyone can see it. Unfortunately, many people in Maycomb do not believe that "all men are created equally", at least in society's eyes. Maycomb is still divided into a class system, with whites on top and blacks on the bottom. That is why Atticus knows that he probably will not win the trial against Tom Robinson. The citizens of Maycomb may believe in the Declaration of Independence with their head, but their hearts are still back in the days before the Civil War, when, Constitutionally, a Black man was considered only two-thirds of a white man. Atticus tries valiantly to bring their hearts and minds into one accord, but he is fighting a system that has existed for several hundred years. However, that is not surprising. There are still many groups in America who claim they are not treated "equally". Thus, Atticus' beliefs are really as ahead of their times as the ideals of Declaration of Independence were, and to some degree, still are.

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