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RESOLUTIONS Declaring certain u'lnlienable rights of freemen, a violation of wliich tends to despotisn:i. " Uquah'fi/ of r if/Ids is tvtturc s plan, " And to follow nature the march of man." Whereas we, the Representaiives of tlie people of North 2 Carolina, in General Assembly convened, recognize nn<l 3 fully appreciate the necessity which drove onr revoln- 4 tionary fathers to resist the unjust, unequal and opprcj- 5 sive colonial system under which ihey suffered from ex- (i actions that weie unjnst, impositions that were oppres- 7 sive, and laws thai were tyrannictil in their operation and 8 calculated to degrade and enslave the subjects upon 9 whom ttip.y operated: that we lully endorse their action, 10 altliough it led to revolution in opposing laws passed by 11 a Parliament in which they were neiihcr heard nor rep- 12 resented, and controlled by a power foreign to their intc- 13 rest and inimical to their prosperity: Therefore, Be it resolved, 'I'hat a frequent recurrence to futida- 2 mental principle* is absolutely tiecessary to preserve the 3 blessings of liberty. II. Resolved, That all political pov/er is vested in aiid 2 dejived from the people only. Iir. Resolved, That we recognize in all American citi- 2 zens certain inalienable ri.ghts, among which aye life, lib- 3 orty, and the pursuit of happint^ss, av>d that no man or ^ set of men are entitled to peculiar or exclusive privileges, IV. Resolved, That it is only when placed upon terms 2" of ef].uality with his fellow, that man begins to feel that 3' he is free. It is then that the soul of independence is enkin- 4 died at the intellectual pite, and the heart inflamed with 5 conscious greatne-ss, that tnan, hy contemplating the (V iramortaliiy of hisOeatop, spntns the tyrant's rod, and 7 casts the fetters tljnt would enslave him at ibe feet of bis- S- oppressor. V. Resolved, Thai undi^r -d government like ours, all 2 white men are, and ot right ou^ht to be fr^e, equal and" if independent; and that all measures contravening: this^ 4 i)rinciple are both unwise and iinpo'.i.ic in this enligbtcu- 3' ed age. VI." Resolved, That a majority of the free white pro- 2 pie of iliis Stale ouiiht to have the sole and exclusive 3 right to regulate a;nd control thf ir internal govcvunieuj- 4 and douK'stic policy.
Declaring certain u'lnlienable rights of freemen, a violation
of wliich tends to despotisn:i.
" Uquah'fi/ of r if/Ids is tvtturc s plan,
" And to follow nature the march of man."
Whereas we, the Representaiives of tlie people of North
2 Carolina, in General Assembly convened, recognize nn