American Civil Liberties Union Essays

  • Helen Keller's Life And Accomplishments

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    seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart.” (Helen Keller Quotes 12). This is what Helen Keller wrote as an 11-year old in a letter in 1891, showing how positive she was despite her disabilities. Helen Keller was a significant figure in American history because despite being blind as well as deaf, she devoted her life to helping others and traveled around the world, talking about her experience which inspired other blind and deaf people to be courageous and embrace their life the way it

  • Overcoming Obstacles In The Life Of Helen Keller

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    There was once a woman that overcame many obstacles in her life and surpassed everybody’s expectations. She did it with compassion, faith, love, and courage. She was an american, known as Helen Adams Keller. I picked her among many other extraordinary people because she was my favorite example of someone who gives hope and shows perseverance, in this period of time where there is hopelessness in the world. She was not only a great teacher, but also a crusader for the disabled. Keller was also a woman

  • Controversy: The Scopes Monkey Trial

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    Jennings Bryan, venerated orator, served as the lead prosecutor in the Scopes "Monkey Trial" in July 1925. A three-time United States Democratic nominee for President, Bryan 's progressive politics aswell as his consistent defense of the ordinary American earned him the moniker "the Great Commoner." Soon the town erupted with commentary, visitors and people all over the country came to see the trial. So much so that the trial had to be moved outside of the courthouse due to fears the weight of the

  • Conspiracy Pros And Cons

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    In an age of what appears to be increasing insecurity, Americans have to make a choice between being secure and maintaining civil liberties or is it up to the government to decide. Privacy today faces growing threats from a growing surveillance apparatus that is often justified in the name of the national security. Security is privileged over values such as civil liberties after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Because of this horrendous event the national government, began its surveillance

  • Gandhi's Argument Against British Rule

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    In order to identify whether the Gandhi’s arguments were effective enough against British rule, firstly, paper will point out what were key factors that led Gandhi to stand up against British government. Later will mention the Gandhi’s famous book Hind Swaraj where he clearly addresses all his concerns and arguments about disobedience and non-violence in a proper way and finally will look at to what extend Gandhi was effective leader that could influence not only his own nation but also people from

  • Harry Potter: The Negative Impacts Of Banning Books

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    book away from everyone, even those who would benefit from reading it. Banning books is bad because banning violates people's civil rights, limits the opportunity for adolescents to learn vicariously, and reduces the readers exposure to

  • Privacy In Cory Doctorow's Little Brother

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    without revealing where they got the crucial information. In addition to this issue, our constitution including are democratic system have demanded that the government be accountable for gathering such offensive data. Surprisingly, The American Civil Liberties Union states that,“history has shown that powerful, secret surveillance tools will almost certainly be abused for political ends and turned disproportionately on disfavored minorities”(ALCU). This suggests that privacy is often unjustified within

  • Reasoning Themes In Gary Forto's The Jacket By Gary Soto

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    Ever had a bad wardrobe malfunction? Once students arrive in middle school, their appearance is one of the top priorities, and many are made fun of because of the clothes they wear, turning a good day bad. In "The Jacket", by Gary Soto, the main character has to deal with these events. After reading this story, it is evident that the universal truth, one’s clothes can affect how they feel, is the overarching theme for this short story. This is the theme of the text because it is supported by the

  • Address To Congress On Women's Suffrage Speech Analysis

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    Today, millions of women can implement their rights to vote in all elections in the united states of America, but this (rights) did not come easily to those women who sacrifice their lives to make this happen. In the speech “Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage”, Catt delivered her message for women’s right from a firsthand account of what she had experienced as a woman living in the United States of America in the 19th century. She advocated for the rights of women to vote because she believes

  • Jay Roach's Trumbo: Social Injustice

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    We have thought that we progressed through many social injustices, however, Jay Roach’s Trumbo revealed to us many of these issues that are still relevant today. The 1950s was a melting point of social injustices. Trumbo throws some of these injustices into the background, like racism and segregation. It is briefly mentioned in one scene. Another larger example is the use of propaganda. Characters in the movie were frightened by a non-existent threat known as the Red Menace. The red menace refers

  • The God Delusion By Richard Dawkins Summary

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    In chapter seven of The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins discusses morality is not, in fact, rooted in religion, rather a part of a “changing moral Zeitgeist,” as the chapter title suggests. Throughout the chapter, Dawkins provides evidence from the New and Old Testaments to show the immorality of religion and how it is impossible that morals were a result of religion. Though constructive, Dawkins’ arguments fall weak to some extent. Firstly, he fails to define morality clearly, as it can be subjective

  • Rhetorical Analysis Of Eleanor Roosevelt's Informal Speech

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    Eleanor Roosevelt, with her informal speech, the Adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights (1948), explains her opinion on the importance of the declaration and how we need to treat freedom has a right not a privilege. Eleanor supports her speech by using euphemism, apostrophe, and anadiplosis. Eleanor's purpose for the speech is to address the United Nations about human rights and its importance in the world. She formally addresses this speech to the United Nations, World War II victims, and all

  • Liberty And Security Argument Analysis

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    Liberty The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. -Opinion of the Court, Ex Parte Milligan, 71 US 2 (1866) Authors who argue in favor of liberty over the security argument make compelling appeals to the values expressed in the Constitution. These authors conclude, even in times of war and crisis, that it is important for the Court to

  • Analysis Of The American Dream: I, Too By Langston Hughes

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    The american dream is the idea that everyone in the U.S. citizen or not should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosper through out hard work and determination. For almost 100 years the American Dream was and has been implanted to us as people throughout the technical evolution. The American Dream is not attainable because the odds of it being achieved fluctuate depending on race, gender, and social classes. The American Dream is something that we can all argue with and what we

  • Terrorism: A Critique Of Excuses

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    attempt to justify terrorism. In the chapter, “Should the Ticking Bomb Terrorist Be Tortured?”, Alan Dershowitz defends his theory that it is necessary to torture a terrorist if that means saving the lives of innocent people while protecting their civil liberties and human rights at the same time. Terrorism can never be moral because it violates all “excuses” and torture is an acceptable tactic to save lives. The four excuses that attempt to justify terrorism are as follows: terrorism is a last resort

  • Why People Need To Be Protected

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    People Need To Be Protected Over the years the United States, and many other countries as well, have come a long way within their governments. Some people advocate for more freedom while others advocate for more protection and security. As an American and its tension with other countries and the many terrorist attacks, I strongly advocate for more protection. I do not want to worry about whether

  • Civil Rights Definition

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    Civil rights can be described as the rights which involve the interaction of individuals with the society. Civil rights include expression of thoughts, even expression of new thoughts should not be prevented. It also includes freedom of expression of religion, speech etc. Political rights include mainly legal rights. It involves right to justice and petition, to associate and assemble, right to a fair trials etc. these rights are negative rights. They can also be described as hands off rights, which

  • The American Dream In David Dreiser's

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    The American dream is a fantasy dreamed by the lowest in society. It is a myth that gives false hope to the people who are willing to dream for it. To believe that someone can rise from nothing into a life of luxury is like dreaming to win lottery, it is not realistic. There will always be people who achieve that dream, but they are one in a million. That is why the American dream is a myth. It is the belief that anyone can rise if they work hard for it. Dreiser challenges the American Dream. Clyde

  • Violence In V For Vendetta

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    “I was there. I saw it all. Immigrants, Muslims... Homosexuals, terrorists. Disease-ridden degenerates. They had to go.” As quoted from the dystopian political movie V for Vendetta directed by James McTeique, V believes he is not a terrorist and is a freedom fighter by referring the terrorists as degenerates. With a pursuit of dominant ideology along with government treating him as a huge threat, V is a heroic terrorist in view of his motivation and political affiliation, acts of violence, strategies

  • The Pursuit Of Happiness In The Death Of Ivan Ilyich

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    The Declaration of Independence states that each person has the right to "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness". What does Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness mean? Life can be a moment to moment existence a person experiences. Life is viewed differently by each individual including their standards, morals, and values. Liberty is the right to freedom; which comes in many different forms. The Pursuit of Happiness is exactly as it states the pursuit of whatever makes you happy. Today