687. The Meaning of 'all Men are created equal.'
(1) The concept that all men are created equal is interpreted differently by people. One interpretation of "all men" has hovered over the Declaration of Independence since its creation. Although most people have interpreted "all men" to mean humanity, others have argued that Jefferson and the other authors of the Declaration meant to exclude women and children. Within the context of the times it is clear that "all men" was a euphemism for "humanity," and thus those people, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, who used the Declaration of Independence to demand equality for African Americans and women seized the historical as well as the moral high ground. (click)
(2) The quotation all Men are created equal has been called an "immortal declaration", and "perhaps [the] single phrase" of the American Revolutionary period with the greatest "continuing importance." Thomas Jefferson first used the phrase in the U.S. Declaration of Independence. It was thereafter quoted or incorporated into speeches by a wide array of substantial figures in American political and social life in the United States. The final form of the phrase was stylized by Benjamin Franklin. (click)
The first summary says that most people say that all men means humanity. This summary is correct because God creates souls first and then gives a body to males and females. And the second summary says that Ben Franklin's words were his own style. This summary is incorrect becausef Ben had to make scientific changes to Thomas Jefferson's draft version of the Declaration of Independence (DOI). These changes were necessary because Thomas Jefferson was not skilled in science as Ben became skilled in Europe for ten years before 1776.
My books about God and the Universe are presented below:
1. The First Scientific Proof of God (2006), 271 pages, (click)
2. A New and Modern Holy Bible (2012), 189 pages.
3. God And His Coexistent Relations To the Universe. (2014), 429 page