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The Rights and Responsibilities of Black Americans

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Slave: a human being who is considered owned by, or the property of, another person. All throughout history, slavery has not been an uncommon concept. At the heart of slavery is the belief that one group of people is superior to another, especially when they are being traded or are the survivors of a fallen empire. While slaves have always had the lowest rank of social stature, there has almost never been a society where their rights were next to none. Prior and during the Civil War in the United States of America, black slaves did the vast majority of harsh labor, which shows that while they had almost no rights, they certainly had many responsibilities.

It is worth mentioning that slavery was not invented in the United States. Slavery has been upon us since the dawn of time. As civilizations grew and expanded, they began to take those they defeated in war as slaves. Of course, along with slavery came abolitionists, who were appalled by the idea and would buy slaves just to free them. Most early civilizations had slaves, with many different jobs for each, spanning from simple housework to getting their heart ripped out of their chest in attempt to please a god or worse. Even Pope Paul III threatened to enslave those who converted from Catholicism to Protestantism. The overall point is that although America was unruly and cruel in their treatment to their slaves, the concept of slavery was not a new thing.

Slavery in America began as early as the 16th century. Before the colonists adopted the black slave policy, they relied on servants sent in from England to do their labor. However, the prices for servants were rising, and slaves from Africa were ultimately cheaper. This helped early America to save money on slaves and thus h...

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...acks and forced them to go to separate schools from whites, use different libraries, drink from different fountains, and a load of more frustrations. On December 1, 1955, she stood in defiance at the face of discrimination when asked to give up her seat to allow a white man to sit, and she refused. “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” she wrote in her autobiography. She was tipping the scales in the rights of colored people.

Finally, Martin Luther King Jr. was probably the most famous leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. He gave a speech about the segregation between the races so powerful that the Supreme Court passed a law that allowed all peoples to ride the bus as equals. However, his more famous speech is titled, "I Have A Dream"
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