Ap Us History Dbq Essay

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The history of the United States are founded by the ideas defined by two separate documents known as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The ideas for our nation are based off of these two documents and it establish the goals that the country set out to complete. These documents are almost 200 years old but these written rules and ideas have not always been followed through with. There were times when the people became hypocrites of their own documents and did things that contradict what they said they would set out to do. Our history does not reflect the words of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution because of the way African Americans, Women, and Native Americans were treated and valued. Our history does…show more content…
To begin with, in Source E, it shows the map of the Indian Territory in Oklahoma, and it describes what went on. It states "Tens of thousands of Native Americans previously living east of the Appalachian Mountains were removed from their homes and ancestral lands by the United States Army and were forced to walk hundreds of miles at gunpoint to 'Indian Territory." This goes against everything written on those two documents because they are literally forcing tribes from east of the Appalachian to all move into one state, because they want to claim all of the land for the American people. Firstly, not all of the tribes maintain peace with each other and now they being crammed into one state all together which probably would not turn out good. In addition, the Native Americans were living in the country, before any of the Americans were, yet they are being forced to move. This does not comply with Constitution because it does not "Establish Justice." (Source B) If establishing justice is to make certain that all citizens are treated fairly and equally, the moving of these Native Americans definitely contradicts it. Furthermore, it also goes against the Preamble(Source B) when it says, "To secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" because the basic rights of Native

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