Human Rights During The French And American Revolution 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 taxation on many goods and services, but the French Revolution began to change all of these ideas on how to treat people, “The French Revolution deposed and executed a reigning monarch, questioned the very basis of the divine right of kings, and most importantly addressed the issues of individual freedom and human rights, specifically religious freedom, slavery, and women’s rights” (Hunt). The Americans valued the rights of their people more than the French during the French and American Revolutions. A human right is defined as “an alienable right belonging equally and by nature to all human beings” (Revolutionary Change). The American Revolution took place during 1765 and 1783 during this time the constitution was written. The…

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