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FAS Essay 4 - Essay 4 Connie Tang Revolutions result in...

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Essay 4 Connie Tang Revolutions result in changes of the economy, government, and social culture through a series of events that essentially transform the present society by either altering the political structure or challenging existing ideologies. However, revolutions are often centered on common frustrations to establish authority, limit state power or abolish class struggle. German historian Hannah Arendt defined revolution as the fight for freedom, which is considered the right of self- determination as an expression of free will. Americans declared independence from Great Britain; the French reformed their government; the Russians sought the end of class struggle. Despite the contextual differences of each revolution, they are similar in their response to the meaning and portrayal of freedom through the means of religious freedom. This response also develops through both the American Civil Rights Movement and the Russian transformation. One similarity between the two revolutions is the courage to obtain freedom from fear. Fear silences voices, paralyzes bodies, and adopts the form of violence as evidenced in Fr Aleksandr’s senseless murder (Daniel, Religion and Politics 26). The irrationality of fear baffles the reasonable and logical, and at times makes them question their virtues and morality. The account of Diane Nash grappling her escalating fear before she arrived at a diner sit-in reveals how much she valued and shared the same passion her fellow colleagues expressed about the injustices of discrimination. Fear renders a person powerless in a situation, but conquering fear liberates her from anxiety, which was suppressing her free will. It is often that fear is used as a violent tool to inhibit an opposing side of a revolution to prevent unfavorable results. Revolutionary leaders often find courage spiritually, in which morals guide them to proceed with
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the proper course of action. Of course, this inspiration is a fragment of a larger role that religion plays in freedom. Social inequality appears to exist incongruously in the time of a relatively stable political system where its citizens have secured their civil liberties through prior means of a democratic revolution. However, if social inequality transpires in the form of racial discrimination, the injustice is seen clearly in the American Civil Rights Movement where African-Americans suffered enforced racial segregation since the “separate but equal” ruling of Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson . The Movement was not merely a struggle for civil rights; it was also about
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course HIST 1306 taught by Professor Dangreene during the Fall '08 term at Baylor.

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