Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

The representatives of the French people, organized as a National Assembly, believing that the ignorance, neglect, or contempt of the rights of man are the sole cause of public calamities and of the corruption of governments, have determined to set forth in a solemn declaration the natural.
The Declaration of the Rights of Man was, like the Declaration of Independence in the American Colonies, a statement to the aristocracy of the public's disdain for specific policies and would eventually become the essence of the preamble to the Constitution of 1791.
Popular sovereignty was to replace “divine right.” The Declaration of the Rights of Man also had the goal of granting individuals the “natural, inalienable and sacred human rights” including “freedom, property, safety and the right to resist oppression.”


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