Civil Disobedience Argumentative Essay: Breaking The Law

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Civil Disobedience Argumentative Essay For thousands of years society has been creating laws to help protect people and keep them safe. Many historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Roxana Saberi, Cesar Chavez and Malala Yousafzai have all broken the law for the common good. Also other historical figures like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King J.R and Mohandas Gandhi have also broken laws for what they believed what was right and trying to seek change. Breaking the law is justified when that person is involved a life or death situation and will do anything in their power to make that law fair for all citizens. Also breaking the law is justified when that person is trying to challenge the injustice of that law and make it essential for a…show more content…
Many historical figures such as Malala Yousafzai, Harriet Tubman, and Cesar Chavez have all broken laws for good intentions and had them successfully changed to make them equal and beneficial to the citizens. One example is Harriet Tubman who was an African American slave who broke the fugitive slave law act of 1850 by using a secret passage called the Underground Railroad to help break other slaves out of slavery and was brave enough to go against this law. In the article “Activists, Rebels and Reformers” by Diane Sawinski she “Tubman returned to the south nineteen times and rescued hundreds of slaves. Among the slaves she liberated were her elderly parents and ten of her brothers and sisters. Tubman never lost a passenger. She was never captured, despite a $40 thousand bounty placed on her head by slave owners. Tubman was considered the “Moses” of her people because, like the biblical Moses, she led her people to freedom” (Diane Sawinski). Based on this, it is obvious that Harriet was willing to risk her own life in order to make a positive change to the world by breaking a law that was unfair and unjust to a certain amount of people. In the article “Harriet Tubman” by Contemporary Black Biography it is stated that “After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act many fugitive slaves and free blacks fled to Canada, where slavery had been abolished in 1833.…show more content…
Antigone. Warminster, Wiltshire, England: Aris & Phillips, 1993. Print. "Harriet Tubman." Activists, Rebels and Reformers, edited by Diane Sawinski, vol. 3, UXL, 2001. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3017100071/OVIC?u=clov35999&xid=4c83c3b9. Accessed 15 Apr. 2017. "Harriet Tubman." Activists, Rebels and Reformers, edited by Diane Sawinski, vol. 3, UXL, 2001. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3017100071/OVIC?u=clov35999&xid=4c83c3b9. Accessed 17 Apr. 2017. "Is It Ever Permissible to Break the Law." The Premier Online Debate Website | Debate.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr.

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