American Freedom And Self Government

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Nonconformist Americans Americans have never accepted being told what to do. They do not tolerate dictatorship and the limiting of their freedom. In 1919, an American freedom was taken. When the government began regulating the consumption of alcohol (Prohibition), they created one of the largest internal rebellions that Americans have ever participated in. Alongside the battle that had previously existed for racial equality, women are still on the hunt for total equality. Females of all ages and backgrounds are still fighting for the same opportunities that are presented to males. Future struggles are to be anticipated to these battles that have displayed the fire within Americans and how they refuse to conform to beliefs that they do not…show more content…
In order to fully understand how Americans have denied anyone the authority to rule against their beliefs, it is vital to learn their history. One of the major freedoms that was revoked from the American citizens was the legal right to consume alcohol. This time was called prohibition. Even though it was unlawful according to the government, U.S. citizens still longed for these alcoholic beverages. There was alcohol smuggled in from other countries as well as illegally produced by moonshiners within the continental U.S. Minimal amounts of alcohol were allowed within beverages, but many bars and saloons still added additional amounts. Due to these actions, the government finally repealed their decision to ban these drinks. The residents of America had worn down their leaders to the point that they could no longer hold back what they thought was their God-given right (Blumenthal pages 62-65). Another internal issue that America previously faced was the racial inequality. African Americans residents were not offered the same opportunities as the white citizens. Slowly, it was coming to realization of society that they were to be seen as equals and should be given the same resources. Groups such as The Black Panthers advocated that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” as guaranteed by the Constitution of The United States of America.
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