In the mist of 1776-1877, did the United States carry out all the goals that were stated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? The Declaration of Independence and Constitution had many different goals and ideas in mind for the United States at the time. The United States partially realized the some of the values stated in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, but also did accomplish some the goals mentioned in the documents. The principles in the Declaration of Independence were applied to some, and the major goals in the Constitution were not wholly realized.
Some of the goals that were partially realized were equality and women’s rights, some might say that these goals were or weren’t realized in the documents.
The goal of everyone having rights and having equality was met in the declaration of independence and the constitution. It stated in the Declaration of independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” (Doc A).
This statement means that all people should be equality treated and have the same rights as everyone else. This quote is important because it shows that it’s obvious that all Americans are equal and should have the equal opportunity to do what they want. In the preamble of the constitution it states that “…secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” (Doc C).
This means that the good results from our freedom will be protected for the generations to come. It is important because it reaffirms the idea of liberty and equality to all Americans.
To insure that all men were created equal the Bill of Rights was added into the constitution. The bill of rights insured that the rights of the individual citizens would be protected. The first ten amendments make up the bill of rights (Doc F). These goals that were accomplished by the declaration and the constitution are important because it assures that all Americans have their rights and that they are all treated equally.
Some of the goals of the declaration of independence and the constitution were not fully realized. For example in the letter Abigail Adams wrote to John Adam she stated that “I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous to them then your ancestors.” (Doc B). This document explains how Abigail Adams wrote a letter to the President, her husband john Adams explaining her view on how women should have rights. It’s important because they had an idea that the women should have rights to get an education so that they can educate the children (men) to become better citizens. From the Declaration of Seneca falls women’s rights convention Elizabeth Cady Stanton was quoted saying “The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward women.”(Doc J). This means that the ideas of equality, liberty, and inalienable rights were battling in American civilization with common laws and religious traditions of the agreement of husband and wife. It is important because this goal was not realized until after this time.
Women wanted rights as same as everyone else. In the court case Dred Scott v. Sanford the US Supreme Court chief justice Roger Taney was quoted saying “[blacks] had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery.” (Doc L). This quotes means that even though blacks had no rights, the whites should still have respect for them, they are people too. It’s important because it’s another goal that the declaration of independence and constitution didn’t realize. All men should be created equal and be treated the same. Some of the goals of the two documents were not realized.
Some people may say that the goals of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were or were not realized but I say that they are partially met. According to