Blood was soon shed to stop this inhumane way of life, but at what cost? What was the impact on The United States and to those who had to live this life on a daily basis? When many people think about America, they think about freedom. Being able to live in the land of the free, which was the birth of the American dream and our way of life. Unfortunately, it did not stem from freedom itself; it came from oppression.
Yet because of my skin color, I am not. Even when the United States went to war against itself, no one treated me any different. Our states may be united but we as people are not. We split between the North (Union) and the South (Confederate) and even with the death of over 1,100,000 Americans, we were never united. I suffered for about thirty years; longing to be equal with all men, but I never was.
Freedom was security in one’s finances and confidence that the government would always follow through. Freedom and all it entails seems to change when circumstances change. Its journey through history has been one that still perplexes many to this day. During the New Deal, American’s view of freedom was radically redefined as the government became heavily involved in the lives of the people. The government was not seen as a big and menacing monster anymore, but as a fatherly figure that wanted the best for everyone.
Disobedience is a choice. Nothing forces an individual to disobey. Disobedience stems from a refusal to submit to authorities. The nation of America began as a refusal to submit to an overpowering government and a willingness to follow a government of their own authority. They decided to govern themselves because early Americans understood the importance of an individual in a society, which is why the Founding Fathers started the Constitution of the United States of America with “We the People.” the Foundering Fathers created an American identity based on the individual; an individual who will rebel against tyrannical authorities and who will willingly submit to a government that protects him and provides for him.
Now, Americans need to look to the future where slavery does not exist, where black and whites are found equal, and where racist is not a factor. Slavery can not be seen as a good thing. Supporters of slavery had no right to deprive slaves of their freedom, and make them properties and assets. There may be times when the Africans were powerless to prevent justice, but there must never be a time when they fail to protest. Thanks to the Quakers and other Abolitionists, we are leaving peacefully without any war.
Roosevelt believes that freedom is being able to express yourself in the ways you believe and what you believe in. Roosevelt wanted people to be able to worship whatever or whoever they want, along with being able to express how they feel in their own ways and without getting in trouble for doing so. Lastly, Roosevelt wanted citizens to be able to do want they want as long as it doesn’t break any of their country 's laws. Roosevelt’s ideas about freedom and maintaining freedom were good for the time period while he was president. However, president John F. Kennedy had some of his own ideas about to conserve freedom of
While they did indeed band together as a group under a common cause, their fight for the ideals of personal liberty was an individualistic one. This individualism thrived during the Revolutionary War as the Americans created their own democratic nation in response to a monarchy that would not allow them to govern themselves (Bellah et al. 142). Individualism fueled the American dream of bettering one’s life using one’s own grit. It was the defining ideology that led pioneers out west to start afresh.
The Seek of Freedom “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed”. Freedom has been the key element in the United States since the country was built. However, the slavery was being excluded while the white people were celebrating their independence from the Great Britain. As Martin Luther King, an anti-slavery leader, once said that freedom needed to gain by the oppressed, the slaves and the antislavery were bonded together to fight. As a result, the Civil War broke out.
Same-sex Marriage For decades, humanity has been working towards the same goal, but during all these years, people have been unable to achieve it, selfishness is the reason why people are unable to do it. This goal is “Equality” this term is defined as “The state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability” (Dictionary.com). This is unachievable due to the lack tolerance between human beings; this is well known in the human species as racial, sexual, religious discrimination, etc. In the modern era most types of discrimination are rejected in the common society, but most forget that discrimination is not only rejecting a person for their beliefs or personality but it’s also denying them the ability to access the same rights as the others. Gay marriage is a controversial topic in the world, 94 out o 196 countries have signed a General Assembly declaration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender rights or sponsored the Humans Rights Council 2011 resolution on LGBT rights however, only 18 countries have approved the same-sex marriages, this is extremely preoccupying because this shows how terribly unequal we are.
In today’s society, if you live in America, you have some type of freedom. Even though we have laws and rules, we still have freedom to do things. Why do we have laws and rules? The reason we have laws and rules is to protect us and keep us safe from danger. Imagine a world where there are no laws and rules.
This shows how the majority of African Americans never have a trial. In the 1930s nine African American boys, otherwise known as the Scottsboro nine, were unjustly accused of a crime they did not commit. One of the reasons why these trials were so unfair was because African Americans could not serve on the jury. The American Constitution Society reaffirms that, “Southern lawmakers soon stopped passing explicitly discriminatory jury service laws but continued empaneling all-white juries during the late 19th ...Centuries.” Strictly speaking, if you were African American you could not be a juror. The “land of the free” has yet to provide a criminal justice system free from
Emancipation came through a series of gradual events; beginning with the presidential election of 1860 all the way till the end of the war. When the war began, Lincoln never imagined it to be a long and hard war; where thousands of lives would be lost. The process of Emancipation is more that just Lincoln because so much occurred that led up to emancipation, in fact, many northerners didn’t even believe in Emancipation, “Many Northerners considered enslavement an appropriate status for blacks.” As the war went on, the Lincoln administration and the civilians of the North, saw this as a method to end the war, so its difficult to say that just one person passed emancipation because there were many factors that went in hand before he decided to
African Americans never had freedom in the past, as they were treated poorly. White people discriminated black people back then just because they weren’t the same skin color or came from the same origin. “Set free by the 13th amendment, with citizenship guaranteed by the 14th amendment, black males were given the vote by the 15th amendment. From that point on, the freedmen were generally expected to fend for themselves. In retrospect, it can be seen that the 15th amendment was in reality only the beginning of a struggle for equality that would continue for more than a century before African Americans could begin to participate fully in American public and civic life.”(Paragraph 1).
Abuse to the Constitution America was never really the land of liberty, the country were the color of your skin or the god you believe in made a difference to how you will be treated. In the 1920s all these rights were nowhere in sight, as for African Americans were still discriminated, immigrants were not trusted, and government officials decided what Americans would or wouldn 't drink. Although the roaring twenties, as they are reffered to, were mostly remembered to be filled with jazz, drinks, and flappers, the truth is another. Thousands of immigrants came to the United States after WWI due to the immense poverty and hoping for a brighter future. Americans began to fear immigrants, believing they came to the United States to take revenge