Rousseau and Voltaire influence in the Declaration of Independence By: Kalena Maxwell
England 1775 in a philosophers house, who is helping write the Declaration of Independence
I don't know what else to add to the Declaration! It needs to be fair! For the people and the Government! Wouldn't want a repeat of the Boston tea party.
"...that was bad. Maybe I could borrow someone else's idea? Someone dead obviously. I'll have to check the historical documents."
"Hmm...Philosophers best work? Well worth a shot. "
In a document the man found
"Man is born free, but everywhere his is in chains." ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract (1762)
"...men are equal all; From virtue only true distinction springs, And not from birth..." ~Voltaire Mahomet, act l, scene lV (1741)
"I got it!"
"...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..."
With this, the people have lots of freedom, but still have a stable Government. This should insure that there will be less revolts in the future, now that the power between the people and the government in more balanced.