Amendment V

[Volume 5, Page 312]

Document 10

Virginia Declaration of Rights, sec. 1

12 June 1776

1. That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

The Founders' Constitution
Volume 5, Amendment V, Document 10
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