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Freedom and happiness 200 years later

I need help with starting a paper on the following:

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:
"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."

Over two hundred years later, how can we assess this statement? I have to compose a 750 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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I will give you an example and an overview. In this case it will be up to you to complete the essay with specifics and references.

I am choosing former U.S. presidents. Some retire and work on their libraries and personal interests. Some work on public interests in various forms. Two have made a big effort in the volunteer world, and a third to a lesser degree, through their own foundation and working to organize groups that work for others. Both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have extended their pursuit of liberty and happiness to all men across the globe through humanitarian efforts. George H.W. Bush (41) also has pursued agendas of volunteerism and met the challenges of engagement on the world stage when called upon.

President Carter is best known for his work with Habitat for Humanity since leaving office. However he also continues to work with countries and leaders to promote democratic elections that are fair and efficient. He travels to countries in the Middle East, African, S.E. Asia, and Eastern Europe to help with the efforts to alleviate poverty and provide homes for people in need. He has done this for nearly thirty ...

Solution Summary

A discussion, using U.S. Presidents as examples, on how they have continued to pursue freedom and happiness, how this impacts the world today and for future generations.