The Effects Of Oppression In America

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Oppression is a factor that those under it wish to eliminate as oppression destroys all types of happiness and satisfaction in an oppressed persons life. Works by numerous authors going as far back as Patrick Henry and as present as Langston Hughes demonstrate the oppressed as constantly battling their oppressors. These writers allow the audience see the mistreatment men, women, and children have gone through, which ultimately exposes the harsh realities of the lives ' of the oppressed. The injustice society has caused on many has brought upon destruction and disintegration not only to the families of the oppressed, but also to others living in fear of what could happen. This injustice is wide ranging, anywhere from the British tyranny on American settlers to the United States army’s mistreatment of native people and even up to present day racial inequalities. A monarchy style oppression was present in the time of the American revolution where many American settlers fought the tyranny of King George. The settlers felt as though they were being mistreated by unfair taxes and laws put in place. Thomas Paine, an American colonist, spoke out about British oppression of the American people. In Paine’s The Crisis he described a strong America being enslaved by the British by arguing “I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery” (Paine). In this snippet of Paine’s writing, his interpretation of the injustice served as an antithesis for a rhetorical effect

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