February, 20, 2013
Equality in the American Identity
American identity isn’t easy to define, after all the United States was founded by many different people who arrived in the New World for many reasons. One of the most important reasons is that all men are created equal. The country is a mix of different ethnic groups, races and nationalities, all living in the same land. America is known for many things, but one main factor is the diversity of its citizens. This helps frame what America is and why people want to be apart of this lifestyle.
All men are created equal is most commonly related to the Fourteenth Amendment of The United States Constitution which was adopted on July ninth, eighteen sixty eight as one of the Reconstruction Amendments. In The Constitution it states that,”All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (p.1) Section one of the Fourteenth Amendment properly explains citizenship of the United States and protects individual, civil, and political from being cut short or denied by any state. There for this cut out the Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision that black people were not citizens and could not become citizens, nor enjoy the benefits of citizenship (p.2). The Civil Rights Act of eighteen sixty six granted citizenship to all people born in the United States if they were not related to a foreign power. The creators of the Fourteenth Amendment wanted this statement put into the Constitution to protect the new Civil Rights Act from being declared unconstitutional by...