A New Belief, A New America
In America there have been a whirlwind of beliefs ranging from no equality to complete freedom and cooperation amongst all races. Each time period had their own thoughts on how the country should be ran, and throughout the essay there will be three arguments and articles to describe the progression of the America. Our first argument was an article by Thomas Jefferson, “Notes on the State of Virginia”, which showed his belief that African Americans deserved freedom but not within our countries bounds. Whereas the next two arguments both shown through Barack Obama, “A More Perfect Union” and a picture of himself, complicated Jeffersons original thoughts of Blacks and Whites being unable to live together freely in our country. Each piece of evidence originated from the same central argument of racism, and throughout the essay you will see the progression towards equality. “Notes on the State of Virginia”, originated in Jefferson's responding to questions about Virginia, posed to him in 1780 by François Barbé-Marbois, was both a compilation of data by Jefferson about the state's natural resources and economy, and his vigorous and often eloquent argument about the nature of the good society, which he believed was incarnated by Virginia. He expressed his beliefs in the separation of church and state, constitutional government, checks and balances, and individual liberty. He wrote extensively about slavery, the problems of miscegenation, and his belief that whites and blacks could not live together in a free society. Jefferson expressed contemporary beliefs among many Americans that Africans were inferior to Whites in terms of potential citizenship; as a result, he supported deporting them for colonization in Africa. Jefferson claimed his solution was related to the common good for both Whites and
Blacks. He proposed a three-fold process of education, emancipation, and colonization of free blacks to locations in Africa. He endorsed...
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America, Ninth Edition. Print.
Obama, Barack. "A More Perfect Union.” March 18, 2008. Speech.
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