Stand up for your rights!
I printed the rewritten, inclusive edition of the Goddard Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2010, changing “Men” to “People” in two places in the document:
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all People 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.”
Whether the initial intention of all Men was to be understood as men only (white men and African men), white men only (men who had the privilege of owning land and the right to vote), or all of mankind, is not definitively known. However, it was clear to me that an unambiguous and all-inclusive edition proclaiming “all People are created equal,” was necessary, and that over two centuries later seems well past time to set the record straight.
When I began this project in July of 2008, my intention was to create the Goddard Declaration with it’s inclusive language only. It was long overdue. I decided to honor Mary Katharine Goddard by printing the historic re-creation initially (printed on an off-white paper in 2009) and then went to press with the second “contemporary” edition (printed on a bright white cotton rag paper on July 4, 2010).
Now more than ever, it is vital to stand in solidarity with ALL PEOPLE. Happy July 4th, as we embrace the movement to a new, more equitable Union!