The Declaration of Independence is a cornerstone of American thought regarding freedom and happiness. Thomas Jefferson was heavily influenced by philosophers of the period, and the document is frequently referred to as a blueprint for an effective government. Often quoted from the Preamble is this passage:

â??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.â?

Over two hundred years later, how can we assess this statement? Compose a 750-1000 word essay that addresses the following:

1. Identify an individual or group of individuals who have continued to pursue liberty and happiness in the twentieth century and beyond.

2. How have he/she/they impacted the world?

3. How will their contributions impact future generations?

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