"The American notion of freedom transcended the political realm and
in fact extended to every major category of human relationships,
including those between employer and employee, clergyman and layman,
husband and wife, parent and child, public official and citizen.
Americans believed that, as of July 4, 1776, all men were created equal,
and that any impairment of a man’s equality was destructive of his
Freedom and Its Limitations in American Life, 1976
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