Civil Disobedience: Documents Of Freedom

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Civil Disobedience Peaceful resistance to laws positively impacts a free society. Without peaceful resistance, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s peaceful protests on Civil Right’s, African American citizens would not have the right’s that they unquestionably deserve. Also, many others would not have the ability to accomplish the things that they can today. Aggressive and pernicious disobedience only leads to downfalls and violence in our society, but placid and peaceful disobedience, make America the free country that it is today. According to “Documents of Freedom,” their views on Civil Discourse and Petitioning are that it is a crucial matter in having a free society. Injustices including government and global issues need to be spoken …show more content…

The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.” This is and was an example to the people of America because this shows us that we need to choose what is right.This all relates correspondingly to civil disobedience, because these people spoke out to stand up for what is morally right and to make a point to America, and that it was their obligation to put America’s best interests first. Thoreau wanted to make a powerful statement and stand-up for what he believed was deserved, he believed paying the poll tax was wrong and he wouldn’t do it because he did not believe in it. The King Center Archive said that he believed citizens “ought deliberately to break laws that conflict with their moral …show more content…

He sent a letter from Birmingham jail as to why he was there speaking out against acts of hate and injustice. One part of his letter that stuck with me was when he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” In this piece he describes that he came to Birmingham to speak out against injustices. His dream was to end discrimination and he wanted it to be done peacefully and with love. This shows that when someone “opposes a law one considers unjust and peacefully disobeys it while accepting the consequences,” it can turn out good for a society. Braveness and courage can lead to broken boundaries and positive effects, as did Dr. King’s acts to end

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