The year was 1803, and the United States had agreed to buy the mid-eastern plains from France, resolving as the Louisiana Purchase. However, James Polk, who was elected as president in 1844, created the Manifest Destiny, which was the belief that the United States was destined to claim the land of the West coast, which at that moment, was all a part of Mexico. He had his eye especially on California, and was not ready to let Mexico ruin the Manifest Destiny from becoming fulfilled. Eventually he proposed to Congress to start a war with Mexico, and only sixteen denied the request. Even before Polk was president, the Battle of the Alamo occurred between Mexico and the U.S., both wanting Texas.
The states that seceded soon created the Confederate States of America where they elected Jefferson Davis as their provisional president. Less than a year later President Lincoln delivered an inaugural address that declared that he had no attention of slavery where it existed and it was his duty to maintain the union. This
But, eventually, in the year 1830, things got really bad, the US Gov’t passed the Indian Removal Act and in Georgia the white men held a lottery to give away the Indians’ land. John Ross tried to use diplomacy to have the Cherokee’s rights to the land recognized. He went to the Supreme Court and won against the US Gov’t. The Court agreed that the Cherokees had rights to the land, but the president would not back down. Then in 1835, a few renegade Cherokees wrote up a false treaty and gave it to Congress.
This is great, and now we are completely equal, therefore this amendment did help in equality. It lead to many great things ' afterword. When the African Americans voted, the white people treated them like they were normal, unlike what they used to do. Now they have more people in state legislatures and Congress, so they will have more ideas. Now everyone is equal, and the 24th Amendment helped
The black soldiers belonged to the 6th U.S. Regiment Colored Heavy Artillery and a section of the 2nd Colored Light Artillery, under the overall command of Major Lionel F. Booth, who had been in the fort for only two weeks. Booth had been ordered to move his regiment from Memphis to Fort Pillow on March 28 to augment the cavalry, who had occupied the fort several weeks earlier. Many of the regiment were former slaves who understood the personal cost of a loss to the Confederates, at best an immediate return to slavery rather than being treated as a prisoner of
The sport of baseball was dominated by white players and Jackie Robinson was the first to challenge it, however it was not something he did entirely alone. Branch Rickey so the potential in Robinson and gave him the chance he deserved. After a short period of time jackie was accepted by the Canadians. This acceptance of a african american in a sport controlled by white men, helped to progress the civil rights movement of african americans. This person is important to Canadian identity because Jackie Robinson showed the world and Canadians themselves that Canada is a multicultural society, and someones skin tone doesn't make them any different.
This helped the formation of other amendments such as the Fifteenth Amendment, which gave African American 's the right to vote. Unfortunately, the United States of Representatives did not pass the legislation until January 31, 1865 after president Abraham Lincoln made it his number one priority in his 1864 re-election campaign.
Frederick Douglas, a former slave, was known in the Union as an abolitionist, writer, and speaker (Dudley 168). He stated, “The rebellion suppressed, slavery abolished, and America will, higher than ever, sit as a queen among the nations of the earth” (Dudley 168). In this quote, Frederick Douglas expressed his thoughts on how better off America will be without slavery (Dudley 168). He explained that when the Emancipation Proclamation is in effect as of January first, America will remain as one of the top countries (Dudley 167). Mr. Douglas also stated, “Ye millions of free and loyal men who have
The fourteenth amendment was formed, when the Civil War had just came to a finish, which defeated the Confederacy. Abraham Lincoln, who was president at the time, had declared the slaves freed at the end of the war; but there were still a lot of questions concerning the former Confederates and what the status of slaves in the country would become. Congress shaped the Reconstruction Amendments which included the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the constitution. The thirteenth amendment was ratified in December of 1865 and put an end to slavery in the United States. This new law stated that slaves were no longer the property of the people, but the new law did not answer questions about the new rights that they were now definite.
The declaration and constitution were created by white men so it would obviously need additions and revisions to it. Although the declaration had various of other reasons that should have been considered progressive. We can 't compare today 's society to back then but we can look at when they shifted to a more progressive society. In the end, the Declaration of Independence was the start of a nation that would soon be the powerhouse of the world. Signing the declaration helped improve the lives of colonist culturally, economically, and socially.