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Domestic Policy


Osama Siddiqui

on 4 April 2010

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Transcript of Domestic Policy

What does it means to be "An American?" What does it mean to be "un-American" An American is someone who lives in The United States of America. And is also one who pursues all opportunities to capitalize on their personal freedom. An American is also someone who believes that everyone is entitled to certain rights, namely life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that everyone is created equal. Lastly an American is someone who fights for the rights of others. Are you an American? An un-American is someone who does accept people of other colors. Someone who believes that only white people are entitled to certain rights, namely life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that not everyone is created equal. Know-Nothing Party: This was an anti-immigrant party, and was significant to immigrants because it showed the hatred and discrimination towards them. The party was created because Americans wanted to keep their country pure and they thought this would be possible if they made a party rejected all immigrants. Thousands of immigrants lost their lives because of violence. The goal of this party was to ultimately segregate Americans from the immigrants, in effort to keep America pure; however this goal would result in a bigger problem for America. As some of the segregations made then, exist till date. National Origins Act: In 1924, an anti-immigrant law was passed to restrict immigration into the United States. It stopped people from southern and eastern Europe from migrating to America. This act was significant because it showed how poorly Americans viewed immigrants; they felt that immigrants would destroy their economic system. Therefore they passed this law. Immigrants from southern and eastern Europe were greatly affected because of this law. They migrated to America in search of freedom and equality, and now they were being discriminated against. Charles Alexander Eastman: Charles Eastman was a Native American physician, writer, and reformer. He was significant for Native Americans because he changed the attitude and view Americans had towards his people. Americans didn’t want to associate with Native Americans; however Charles Eastman would unite these two different societies. Americans trusted Eastman so much that they hired and worked with him for a death investigation. Following the investigation, Americans and Native Americans changed their views of one another in a society were segregation was at large. This shows us how America changed overtime from country that rejected all other minority groups, to a country where everyone is accepted. Slave Codes: These were a set of laws that were created for slaves. They basically showed how racism was significant at the time. As most of the codes were harsh and gave no rights to African Americans. Such as, slaves were considered by the law as real estate, and not humans. In addition, it was also illegal to teach slaves how to read and write. The slave codes were significant because they demonstrated how Americans viewed foreigners especially African Americans. KKK: The Klu Klux Klan was a group that hated African Americans. It was significant because it showed how brutally Americans were willing to treat Africans. The KKK wanted to keep America strong politically and economically so they grew strong feelings of racism and hatred. African Americans had to go through a lot while the KKK was at large, such as torture and violence while they were trying to start a new life in a new country. Lynching: This was a practice of killing people. Most of the time this type of murder was associated with hanging, but sometimes it included other extreme methods of torture. This was often the method the KKK used to kill African Americans. It was significant because it showed white supremacy at the time, because only rarely were lynchers punished, or even arrested, for their crimes. Abolitionism: This was a movement to end the slave trade and ultimately free slaves. People started to believe that it was un-Christian to have slaves, as it violated the rights of men. This movement was extremely significant because it showed that even white people believed that slavery was wrong, and that everyone should have equal rights. Micheal Jordan: Is one of the best basketball players that ever played in the NBA. Although he’s an American, he would be considered 'black' and African American if racism was as extreme as it used to be. Jordan is significant because his example shows that all races are accepted in America now, even if they were once considered slaves. Barak Obama: Is the current president of the United States. Obama is the first ever president of the United States who is African American. He is significant because it shows how racism isn’t as extreme as it was before. People from all countries are accepted in the United States, because Americans voted to put a ‘black’ person as their president. Minor vs. Happersett: This was a case that took place in 1874, it was about a leader of the women’s suffrage movement in Missouri named Virginia Minor. And she urged that Reese Happersett, a Missouri state registrar, should have been allowed to register her vote. Instead, her vote wasn’t allowed, despite the fourteenth amendment. This case, would eventually reach the Supreme Court who rejected the case, because they believed that the fourteenth amendment didn’t give women the right to vote. However this was still an extremely significant case, because it was the first time that an issue like this, which included women’s voting rights, had been dealt with on a federal level. In addition, following the Minor vs. Happersett case, every year a new clause was introduced in effort to extend the voting rights to not just men but also women. Susan B. Anthony: Susan B. Anthony spent her entire adult life fighting for women’s suffrage. She is incredibly important for women because without her women may have not gotten the right to vote for a long time, she was also capable of encouraging other woman to stand up and fight for their rights. With her persistent attitude she got the things done and the woman of the United States of America will forever idolize her as an independent, strong woman. 19th amendment: in 1919 the 19th amendment was passed, this amendment gave women the right to vote. This amendment was fought for, for a very long time. This amendment was significant because it gave women the right to vote, therefore it gave them equal rights as men; something women had been fighting for, for a long time. 13th amendment: This was the amendment that ended and continues to prohibit slavery. This was an extremely significant because it shows that racism is no longer accepted in the United States. This amendment also shows how all the African American movement voices were heard by the United States. 14th amendment: This amendment allows any person born or naturalized in the United States to get a citizenship. This was significant, because it included former slaves that were only recently freed. This amendment greatly impacted civil rights to all Americans as it proved that immigrants and people of different color were now considered a part of society, and more importantly they were considered ‘American’. Sonia Sotamayor: Is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She is the first ever Hispanic justice, and just the third female justice. Sotamayor is significant because she is a living example of how people of any background are accepted into American society. 3/5 compromise: This was an agreement reached between the Southern and Northern states during the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Basically, slaves were counted as three-fifths of a human being for the purpose of taxation and representation in congress. The northern states argued that they shouldn’t be couldn’t at all, because they were property, the southern states wanted to count slaves because then they would get more representation in congress. This compromise was significant because it shows how slaves, or African Americans, were once viewed. Racism was so extreme at the time that slaves were even counted as a whole person. Immigrant Neighborhoods: All new comers to the United States lived in immigrant neighborhoods. These were originally created to coordinate community work on an international level. Meaning, that all Chinese railroad workers lived together in one neighborhood, and all Irish railroad workers would live in another neighborhood. This was significant because it showed how different racial backgrounds were discriminated against, and how segregation at the time was extreme. Susan B. Anthony 19th Amendment 14th Amendment Abolitionism Barack Obama Charles Alexander Eastman 13th Amendment Micheal Jordan Sonia Sotamayor Immigrant Neighborhoods Slave Codes Minor vs. Happersett 3/5 Compromise Lynching The Klu Klux Klan Know-Nothing Party National Origins Act Plantation system: plantation systems were dependent on slaves and its primary goal was to raise loads of cotton. A farm was only called a plantation if it had more than 20 slaves working on it. This plantation system was significant because it was an obscene violation of human rights and discrimination against race and minority groups. Indian Removal Act 1830: President Jackson wanted to open up the land that stretched from Georgia to the Mississippi river for farming cotton and other things. The act ordered Native Americans to give up their lands east of the Mississippi river in exchange for land west of the river. This is significant because it shows that no one cared about minority groups such as the native Americans, they were forced to give up their land just so that the ‘Americans’ could benefit. Cotton Gin: The cotton gin simplified the task of cleaning cotton that was often times long and laborious. This was significant because Southern planters saw this as a huge opportunity to make new money and bought hundreds of these machines. Planters in many states started growing cotton and soon the problem arose when they needed people to work the machines so they went out to get more slaves. Although the importation of slaves had been banned in 1808, many southern planters believed that only slave labor could provide enough people to work the machines. Plantation Systems Cotton Gin Indian Removal Act Ask yourself now...Are you an American? YES?!?! NO?!?! This is what it means to be an.... Thats what it means to be...
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