Legal And Social Changes In American History

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Throughout American history we have gone through a series of legal and social changes. These changes, for better or for worse were led by the people. Even the separation of the United States from Great Britain was a revolution against British law, led by the people. Historical figures have triumphed the rights of Americans who weren’t being treated equally or fairly. They have dedicated their lives to expanding the circle of freedom to all people.

A great example of civil disobedience bringing about great change is the civil rights movement. As Martin Luther King Jr. said “Freedom is never given voluntarily given by the oppressor. It must be demanded by the oppressed.” Martin Luther King Jr. fought peacefully to get equal rights for African Americans in The United States and even though your television screen might be plastered with images of racial tension, the rights of minorities are undeniably better because of the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement often did not work within the confines of the law, but rather within the confines of what is just. They violated laws to protest and sometimes went to jail as a result. Even though the law sent them to jail for their ideas, they continued to fight for them. Without the strong belief in those ideals, and the willingness to peacefully disobey, our nation would look a …show more content…

I disagree with this because our society as a nation would not exist at all without protest. How are we to make any progress at all if we are afraid of people demanding change? After any changes in societal functions people often argue that it can undermine society as a whole but these changes often have positive results. In order to achieve these results the public must fight for them. Our Declaration of Independence even goes far enough to say that if a government becomes oppressive or destructive “it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish

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