Document Type

Opinion

Publication Date

7-4-2016

Department

History

Abstract

On the Fourth of July, many Americans will take the opportunity to read the Declaration of Independence. It is a long document, but the passage that is most likely to stir feelings of patriotism comes early, at the start of the second paragraph:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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." [excerpt]

Required Publisher's Statement

Original version is available from philly.com at:

http://articles.philly.com/2016-07-04/news/74199027_1_declaration-happiness-and-safety-natural-rights

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