Contradiction Between Promoted American Ideals And Values In Relation To Oppression Of Women Rights: African And Native Americans

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Contradiction between Promoted American Ideals and Values in Relation to Oppression of Women Rights: African and Native Americans


Promoted American ideals refer to the established norms and principles at the time of the Declaration of Independence. These ideals are currently found in American laws. These are set of principle which was established keeping in view the requirement of the general public and ensure the rights of minorities. There were a number of ideals, one of such ideal was found in introduction of the constitution, refer to the rule of the majority. Majority rules present the concept that more than half of the people who voted to pass the bill. In the United States, the Congress has to do the majority rule to pass the bill.

The Congress and other two branches of the government follow these ideals. However, these values are broken sometimes on the basic of discrimination and people are deprived of their rights because of race, cast, creed, color, gender, ethic orientation and language. Several efforts are made by the human rights agencies to maintain equality in the societal structure. Social discrimination is one of the most highlighted and widely discussed matters in the present American society. In this paper we will discuss the same issue the moral and values which were developed in the name of ideals and there implementation related issues with the oppression of women rights, African American and Native Americans in the American society.

Overview of Promoted Ideals

The Declaration of Independence, a major part of American civic creed. Like the nation itself, the Declaration makes some statements, most notably "all men are created equal", that are not always lived up to. But no other document better sums up the 18th century enlightenment thought upon which this nation was founded. By the time the Declaration was written, amended, approved and signed, the war was already ongoing. There was active fighting for more than a year before the Declaration. But Congress needed to make a statement to transform a rebellion against British troops into a revolutionary birth of a nation.

Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution in the Continental Congress to declare American independence from Britain, on June 7, 1776. A committee of five was selected to produce the declaration, and of that group, 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the first draft. Jefferson's draft not only declared the equality of all men, it included a stinging attack against slavery and the slave trade, which was later removed by the Congress (Becker, pp. 14-17).

Although the final version was included in the journal of Congress for July 4, copies were not circulated for signature until August, and it took until November to get all the signatures. Jefferson's declaration was a study of contrasts, declaring egalitarian principles at the same time human slavery was a common practice. And Jefferson, the man who pushed the slavery issue and thought his declaration "mangled" because Congress removed the slavery references, was a slave-owner himself and would remain so until his ...
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