The Declaration Of Independence : A Significant Year For The Country

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2016, is a significant year for the country. Finding Dory came out, One Direction broke up, and there is a major presidential election. The election this year is important as both candidates are fighting for and desperately in need of the African-American vote to win. The irony in this election is that not that long ago African-Americans were not even allowed to vote. This paper sets out the historical struggles the African-American people faced in obtaining suffrage. The 1700’s marked the boom of the slave trade. African-Americans could barely get the law to see them as people, let alone give them the right to vote. The Declaration of Independence, signed in 1776, was a document that embraced the principle of equality for all men. This principle would prove to be elusive to African-Americans. In 1789, the U.S. Constitution would declare black slaves be counted as 3/5s of a person in determining representation and therefore ineligible to vote. Slavery continued along with the mistreatment of the African-American people. The 1700’s brought thousands of African-Americans to the United States with no right to vote and no representation, the fundamental proposition for the revolt against King George III. An irony that would not go unnoticed decades and centuries later. The 1800’s ushered in a time of unrest and the beginning of social change for African-Americans in the United States. The beginning of the l800s brought legislation which prohibited the importation
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