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Self-Evident Truths: Contesting Equal Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War

Richard D. Brown


How did Americans in the generations following the Declaration of Independence translate its lofty ideals into practice? In this broadly synthetic work, distinguished historian Richard Brown shows that despite its founding statement that “all men are created equal,” the early Republic struggled with every form of social inequality. While people paid homage to the ideal of equal rights, this ideal came up against entrenched social and political practices and beliefs. Brown illustrates how the ideal was tested in struggles over race and ethnicity, religious freedom, gender and social class, voti ... More

Keywords: equality, equal rights, class, race, religion, gender, trials, Declaration of Independence, nationality, citizenship, suffrage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300197112
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300197112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard D. Brown, author
University of Connecticut