French And American Revolution Human Rights Essay

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Human Rights During the French and American Revolution

During the French and American Revolutions some humans were treated very poorly and others not so poorly. The Americans treated their people with respect and dignity where as the French treated their people almost like they were property, they were charged more for certain items as well as being forced out of their homes. John Locke once said “government is morally obliged to serve people, namely by protecting life, liberty, and property” (Powell). He believed that this was exactly what the American government was doing to protect their people. For the French things were very different, before the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen people were treated poorly there was unfair
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The American Revolution took place during 1765 and 1783 during this time the constitution was written. The constitution was created so that it could communicate how government should function properly as well as how the American people should be treated and how they should be treating others. The constitution is broken up into sections, which are called amendments; the first ten amendments are called the bill of rights. “The bill of rights came into effect December 15, 1791, which then limited the powers of the federal government, protecting the rights of all citizens, residents, and visitors in American territory”(United for Human Rights). “The Bill of Rights protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, freedom of assembly, and freedom to petition. It also prohibits unreasonable search and seizure, cruel and unusual punishment and compelled self-incrimination” (United for Human Rights). John Locke influenced many people throughout the world with his libertarian ideals. Locke once stated, “when government violates individual rights, people may legitimately rebel” (Powell). This means that when the government does wrong doing to the people they have to right to rebel towards the American government and they should not be held at fault for their actions. The Americans viewed human rights as a very important thing and the American Revolution lead to the constitution being built which then allowed all Americans to be treated

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