Life, Liberty And The Declaration Of Independence

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Inarguably the most important text written for the United States of the America is the Declaration of Independence. Signed in 1776, the Declarations boasts “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” While on paper it looks like everyone will be treated equal in the land of the free, it was not the case. The history of the United States of America teems with bravery and sacrifice, as well as, discrimination, wrong doings, and cruelty. Slavery is the most well known example. Beginning in the 1600s, Africans were brought to the Americas to work. Through centuries of maltreatment …show more content…
Up until 1924, Native Americans were not granted citizenship in the US. Prior to the Civil War, citizenship was only given to those people with half or less Native American blood. After this in the period known as Reconstruction, “friendly” tribes were given citizenship. Also, the Native Americans who married US citizens were granted citizenship, as well as Native verterns of World War I. The group had been fighting for so long and was finally granted it through Indian Citizenship Act. It was meant to be an all-inclusive act, which it was, but only for citizenship. The rights that follow were often twisted so that the Native Americans could not be full voting peoples. The Act was mandated on the state level and many states barred their Native Americans from voting until 1957. Closer to today in 2014, the Native Voting Rights Act was passed. It amended the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to make an “individual 's unexpired tribal identification document issued by an Indian tribe or Native Corporation a valid form of identification in states and political subdivisions ... to vote or register to vote (S.2399 — 113th Congress).”
In summation, the Native Americans have traveled down a long road filled with trials. Many were lost along the way, but the ones who remain are ever stronger. Finally, the majority of these native peoples of the Americas can say they are not being persecuted anymore, they are citizens, and they can vote. And hopefully in the future everyone can claim that all people are created equal and should be treated as

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