“All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.”

—-Massachusetts Declaration of Rights, Article I (1780).

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Massachusetts Declaration of Rights, Article I.

Sources:

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/Constitution

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/print_documents/v1ch1s6.html

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/massachusetts-declaration-of-rights/

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