We Hold These Truths

In the first paragraph, the third person plural pronouns “they” and “them” were used to describe any “one people” longing to be free. 

The second paragraph, however, begins with “We”, shifting to the first person plural pronoun to describe what this particular one people, Americans, believe. The rest of the paragraph will be about what Americans claim to believe –  certain self-evident truths, like all men are created equal.