The American Promise is found in the Declaration of Independence, written when the gathered colonials met in Philadelphia and sought to ground their claim on the assertion 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.” The challenge of the last 250 years has been to expand that promise to include all American citizens and invite them into the political process through the ballot box.

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