R. Stuart Wallace

Rights and Opportunities in New Hampshire, Past and Present

The project would look at two self-evident truths covered in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence—equality and pursuit of happiness. The focus would be on New Hampshire and the various ways that New Hampshire has both tried to protect the rights of all citizens, while at the same time leveling the playing field when it comes to opportunities. For example, guaranteeing equal protection under the law does not always translate to equal opportunities when dealing with the state’s legal system. In addition, in this Live Free or Die State, have we always protected both individual and collective rights and opportunities?