Equality in American Society

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Equality in American Society

Equality in American Society

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Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, stated that all men were created equal, which implies that all people should be treated equally. Although he owned about 200 slaves at the time and never set them free, Jefferson’s words were ingrained in the constitution (Peterson 38). They show the basic belief in equality of all the citizens of the land. It is difficult to define the word “equality” because it is dynamic, and equality that was advocated for by Jefferson may not be the same equality that is advocated for today. For example, during Jefferson’s era, equality was defined in terms of slaves and free men, while today the concept has expanded meanings including gay rights, abortion, and others. Just like there were inequalities during that time, the American society cannot be considered equal today because even if equality persists, its forms are mutated.