Equality, the American Dream

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Rachael Guster
Eng101-36
10-20-2010
Equality, the American dream

What is the American dream? The American dream to me is about equality. People have been wanting, fighting to be equal for many years, and it has turned into a game of tug-of-war. Today, people have made progress in treating other people equally, but we have to look at the timeline of what we went through to get to where we are today. In the 1770’s, when there were only thirteen colonies to America, people were not treated equally, because they did not have rights. The people were ruled by King George the third and were still considered a part of England. The king was a tyrant, refusing to listen to his people, taking away their simplest rights by not giving them a government or allowing them to trade with any part of the world, and imposing taxes on the people without their consent; these were just a few of the horrible things the king did to his people. Finally, a man named Thomas Jefferson, who was a delegate to the second continental congress, decided to write the Declaration of Independence to make the thirteen colonies into the United States of America, to separate them from England, so that the people could have rights. In 1776, the people who live within the colonies finally control America: they have rights, soon a government, and laws. The people are finally being heard, treated like people, only to become hypocrites for over two hundred years. This naturally slowed our progress to having equality, with an issue called racism. Colonists from America brought people of color from Africa to the states and in return took all their rights, their freewill. It is ironic: the colonists took the African Americans rights after bringing them to America, which was the same thing, the king did to the colonists when they moved to America; history always has a way of repeating itself. African American slaves was degraded to the level of cattle, having their...
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