Early America Essay

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Everyday you hear people speaking of our Constitutional rights; but when the Constitution was first written did Americans follow it. The founding father believed in equality. To me equality means that every man and woman has equals rights in society. Americans were supposed to have the freedom of religion. Freedom of religion means to me being able to worship who ever or what ever you want without someone forcing anything else upon you. A strong economy was also on the minds of the founding fathers. I feel that a strong economy means that everyone is benefiting financially as well as living comfortably. Early America seemed to have trouble living up to these three ideals of the fathers.The people of early America did not treat each other with equality. Africans were by far treated with no rights let alone equality when forced into slavery. Africans would be enchained, dehumanized and forced to work log days for little more that food and shelter. Africans would be treated as animals and when disobedient would be lashed with whips or even killed. When the people of the south referred to Africans, they referred to them as material property, not as humans. The slaves of South had zero right and equality was not a word they ever heard. The slave owners did not treat Africans with the equality that the founding fathers had idealized. Africans were not the only ones thought of a lower form of life but so were the Native Americans, demonstrated in Indian Relocation. In Indian Relocation, Natives were uprooted from their homes and moved so whites could better "civilize" the land. Natives did not have the privilege of being treated with equality by whites. "All preceding experiments for the improvement of the Indians have failed. It seems now to be an established fact they they cannot live in contact with a civilized community and prosper.... No one can doubt the moral duty of the Government of the United States to protect and if possible to preserve and perpetuate the scattered remnants of this race which are left within our borders." President Jackson stated in his annual address to Congress. The president is basically saying that Natives are incompetent of succeeding in society and are a threat to the people. Jackson say's that Natives should be moved out of U.S. The president almost specifically says that natives are inferior to whites. How can early America live up to the ideal of equality if the president preaches against it? In the first amendment the founding fathers state that Americans have the freedom of religion and early America did not live up to this amendment. In slavery Africans were not aloud to practice their own religions. Although slave owners aloud them worship Christianity a white man was always to be present in fear that slaves would plan a revolt during these meetings. Whites forced censorship upon Africans practicing religion. The whites also did not give freedom of religion to the Native Americans either. When whites did not have...

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