The Others in America
... Others in America
The writings of John Smith, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton provide detail about how the English colonies and United States (U. S.) government designed to keep others out of the mainstream. Natives, slaves, and women were treated as others in a nation that supposedly espoused equality for all.
In 1776, The Declaration of Independence announced to the world “all men are created equal” and stated that men had certain “rights” given to them by “their Creator.” Those rights were “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” However, in the newly created U. S. “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” only belonged...