What Is Growing Up In America?

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Growing up in America, children are taught by their grade school teachers to be proud of being American. They chant “Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492” and harmoniously sing patriotic songs such as The Star Spangled Banner while being utterly oblivious of America’s corrupt political system. It may not be until one is pursing their final years of high school, or perhaps even in college when they are aware of America’s history of possessing a highly restrictive political system. For minorities, America is not the land of the free. It is the land of oppression to progression, yet we still wear our scars and our heads up high. Struggles to expand the breadth of political and civil rights in the United States have been critical to fostering greater inclusion and equality for racial/ethnic minorities in America. Various reforms such as the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Acts were implemented during the civil rights era as they helped promote greater inclusion and equity to, but not limited to, African Americans and Mexican-Americans. To be freed, does not always mean you are free. President Abraham Lincoln, the man known to have freed all slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, pushed to build the Union back together. As the south lost in the Civil War, the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified in 1865 as it prohibited slavery throughout the United States. In order to eliminate the oppressive Confederate forces, residing in the south, from

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