Social Change In American History

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Time is changing at a rapid rate and people are just trying to keep up. With the new technology advances, western medicine practice, and the K-12 curriculum, changes are being made at least every year. Things may be added or dropped from previous ideas depending on how well they go within the year of it being proposed to the public. One huge product of 2016 is social media; such as; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. These are such fast advances, with easy communication, it may be an ideal tool to use. A small pocket size cellular device carrying all the information you need, pretty convenient, something that the activists of the past did not have. To spread information a person had to do so by word of mouth or writing a letter. We…show more content…
The activists of history were also known as “rebels”, those who did not stand for the injustice and did everything possible to gain freedom. People put their trust into the individuals who were in charge, because rebelling in the past meant the ultimate punishment if you were caught. The worst punishments imaginable to this generation. One recognizable rebel of history was Frederick Douglass, a slave who learned how to read and then became a free man. He took every opportunity to learn how to read and write, something that was illegal for a slave to do. Douglass went on to explain how knowledge was the gateway to a man’s freedom. His former slave master said and Douglass quoted “If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master-- to do as he is told to do.” and “if you teach a nigger throw to read, there would be no keeping him. It would be forever unfit to be a slave”. Once Douglass learned that this was an issue, after listening in on one his master's conversations, he found newspapers and books to progress with his self-education. Once he was educated he educated the people who were willing to learn as well. Since the early 1800’s a lot has changed. People of today may not experience slavery and blatant hatred but discrimination and racism still exist in many places. Jobs, programs, and even schools discriminate towards minorities and people of color. There are laws against discrimination but that does not stop it from happening, even in the safest places. However with easy access to education, it is known that education is the key to a successful life, a higher education comes with a higher status, and you are presented with more opportunities. Another element to having a high social status is that it gives you a louder voice. People like Beyonce and Kanye west have a high influence on social
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