Essay #2: African-American rights in the U.S.
April 8, 2014
The African-American Civil Rights Movement
By the late nineteenth-century, did people gain the natural rights they fought for at the beginning of our course? How did nineteenth-century thinkers and activists continue to fight for or against natural rights? Did they seek to expand those rights to more groups? Did other thinkers or projects continue to reject natural rights?
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Goal: Trace the evolution of enlightened ideas in new circumstances using class materials.
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Consider the limitations often placed upon natural rights. Did the Enlightenment thinkers ignore certain problems or accept certain types of inequality? Did late nineteenth-century societies and governments continue to accept, ignore or even embrace inequalities?
One of the academic customs which prevail following modern conventional liberalism is that of natural rights. This tradition came about in the 17th and 18th centuries and debates that the world is ruled by natural laws which are learned by human reason. Human beings, as of their precise natures have a quantity of natural rights.
Locke composed that all individuals are equal in the wisdom that they are born with assured "inalienable" natural rights. Rights that are God-given and can never be taken or even given away. These primary natural rights, Locke said, are "life, liberty, and property."
Locke believed that the most basic human law of nature is the conservation of mankind.
Locke also squabbled that individuals ought to be liberated to make selections about how to carry out their own lives as long as they do not hinder with the liberty of others. Locke therefore believed liberty should be extensive.
The intention of government, Locke wrote, is to acquire and guard the God-given inalienable natural civil liberties of the natives. The people must obey the laws of their rulers. Thus, a sort of agreement is existent between the rulers and the ruled. But, Locke concluded, if a government bullies its people with long term torture or abuse, the people have the right to oppose that government, modify or eliminate it, and create a new political system.
During the frail moments in history there are times to be seen as a great movement. However, the African-American people would be able to be successful in the aspiration which they set.