Civil Disputes : The And The Pursuit Of Happiness

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Kevin Tran Michael Moore HIST 1301.21010 November 18th, 2014 Civil Disputes “We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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.” This statement was holded truth unless the person was a woman or an ethnicity that was not white or European. During the 19th century the question of these unalienable rights had sparked an uprise in those two communities. Why were these unalienable rights not being fulfilled? This along with previous events had lead to a movement for equal rights among women and colored. “Virginian Luxuries,” from the title of the piece most can infer that this piece of art was created to depict what was considered a luxury in Virginia during that time period. While some would say it was a luxury, this piece was made for the purpose to depict the evils of slavery. This shows an unequal relationship of powers between the white and blacks as on the left panel, a white man is attempting to kiss a black woman against her will, as on the right panel a white man is whipping a black man. The piece shows how much power the white man had compared to the blacks. Unable to say otherwise, the slaves had to comply to whatever the white man wanted. “Amongst these widely differing families of men, the first which attracts attention, the superior in intelligence, in power and in enjoyment, is the white or European, the

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