Equality of all citizens is a uniquely American concept.
Historian G.K. Chesterton said, “America is the only nation in the world that was founded on a creed.” That creed comes from the Declaration of Independence:
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.
This declaration came at a point when slavery was nearly universal. Native Americans made slaves of conquered tribes and of blacks. In Africa, blacks and Muslims sold slaves to other continents.
Yet, influential Americans some 250 years ago recognized that making slaves of their fellow human beings was immoral. They also knew that they were being ruled unjustly by England. The founders knew that their 13 free and independent states needed an alliance to ensure their survival. (more…)