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Gardner 1 Claire Gardner Sylor English Language and Composition 4/28/16 American’t Even The American Declaration of Independence states that equality is a self-evident, unalienable right, a belief based on the Enlightenment value of toleration. Throughout American history, groups of oppressed people acted to defy oppressors who attempted to deny them the right to equality. The series of groups rejecting oppression began with American colonists fighting governmental repression and continues, most recently, with the LGBT movement against social and legal discrimination. In every social revolution, leaders emerged from the oppressed groups and encouraged the people they led to pressure their government into changing their policies. Literary activists aided the progress of social revolutions through their published works. During the twentieth century, the most notorious social revolution in America occurred between races in an attempt to end discrimination and segregation. The American Civil Rights movement most closely followed the patterns of the American Revolution and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. American social revolutions resulted from years of oppression and resentment. American colonists lived under British rule for nearly two centuries before revolting and rejecting monarchal rule. Women received the right to vote almost a century and a half after America was declared a free country, and the Civil Rights Movement occurred after a half century passed following the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In the early
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Gardner 2 stages of every social revolution, leaders emerged in order to focus the passion and energy of the oppressed group that they represented. The very first leaders faced constant turmoil and uncertainty. James Baldwin described the frustration of early civil rights leaders in Notes of a Native Son : The terrible thing about being a Negro leader lies in the term itself... the nicely refined torture a man can experience from
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  • Winter '16
  • Mr. Sylor
  • English, Civil Rights, United States Declaration of Independence, Martin Luther King, Jr., social revolution, Claire Gardner

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