“Claiming Rights” Essay

762 Words Apr 27th, 2013 4 Pages
In what different ways does the idea of “rights” find expression in these documents?
These documents show us that the idea of “rights” can be expressed in many manners, specifically to these three documents, “The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen” of 1789, from the French people as a National Assembly. Although number four on the list of the document being read, it is my belief that this point explains what the French are wanting. “Liberty consists in the ability to do whatever does not harm another; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no other limits than those which assure to other members of society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by the law.” (Strayer) “The Jamaica
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Which documents speak more about individual rights, and which focus attention on collective rights?
From the three documents chosen “The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen” speaks more about individual rights. As per my opinion, the French were already free they just wanted equal rights to those of Social distinctions. They were looking to be allowed to do some of the same things. “These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression.” (Strayer) This French document reminds me of the equal civil rights that blacks were looking for in the mid 60’s. The other documents, I feel, focus attention more on the collective rights of the people, of blacks being freed from slavery as a whole, “Would you have me argue that man is entitled to liberty? That he is the rightful owner of his own body? You have already declared it. Must I argue the wrongfulness of slavery?” (Strayer) The “Americans” wanted to be free, as a whole, from the Europeans, independence was there focus. In Bolívar’s document he says, “From the beginning we were plagued by a practice that in addition to depriving us of the rights to which we were entitled left us in a kind of permanent infancy with respect to public affairs.” (Strayer) The freedom or independence that Bolívar was talking and asking for was the same that the thirteen colonies were looking for from
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