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The 19th Amendment: Equal Rights to Vote - The 19th amendment states that the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. The 19th amendment was a significant turning point for many women in America. It gave women freedom that they didn’t have before. Before this amendment was passed many women had no self portrayal, something they couldn’t reach with a male figure ruling next to them. That was until 1920 when the 19th amendment was passed. The amendment let women into power giving them social justice and many political rights....   [tags: women, right, vote, constitution] 1335 words
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Informative Essay: Gun Control and the Second Amendment - "If the second amendment does not mean what it says, what about the first?", this was the question asked by author, and National Rifle Association member, Bill Clede. In his article "Gun Control, Press Control", he warns journalists about the hidden dangers associated with gun control. When dealing with the interpretation of the Constitution, there are two views one can take. The Constitution can be viewed as a "living document" or in its "original " understanding. The original understanding, people are guided by what the Framers of the Constitution had in mind when they drafted it....   [tags: Constituton Bill Rights Right To Bear Arms] 920 words
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Legalization of Same Sex Marriage - Debate over the legalization of same sex marriage has been a large debate in the US for a long time. The two biggest groups that partake in this opposition come from either the religious community or by gay and non religious individuals. Religion to date plays a big part and influences decisions to keep same sex marriage illegal. It has been shown in studies (Woodward) that there are many religious groups that have been actively involved in support of ballots such as Proposition 8 in California....   [tags: community, church, state, First Ammendment]
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Espionage Act of 1917 and Sedition Act (Amendment) of 1918 - Espionage Act of 1917 and Sedition Act (Amendment) of 1918      On April 2nd 1917, President Woodrow Wilson of the United States of America, ??went before Congress and called for a declaration of war. Both the House and the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of going to war with Germany.?# This was an act that led to much resistance among the American people. Not four months earlier the American people re-elected President Wilson, partly because of his success in keeping the United States out of this European war....   [tags: World War I 1917 History Essays]
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The Self-Incrimination Clause of the Fifth Amendment - The Self-Incrimination Clause of the Fifth-Amendment to many American citizens and law makers is considered abstract. The complexity of this concept can easily be traced back to its beginning in which it lacked an easily identifiable principle. Since its commencement in 1789 the United States Judicial system has had a hard time interpreting and translating this vague amendment. In many cases the courts have gone out of their way to protect the freedoms of the accused. The use of three major Supreme Court disputes will show the lengths these Justices have gone through, in order to preserve the rights and civil liberties of three criminals, who were accused of heinous crimes and in some cases...   [tags: Miranda Rights, Supreme Court Ruling]
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The Aims and Principles of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act - The Aims and Principles of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act In the decades prior to the national reform of the Poor Law in 1834, the characterisations of the administration were of variety rather than uniformity. The social and economic changes at this time produced many problems for those that were responsible for the social welfare. Many areas throughout the country though found solutions to this problem within the legal frame-work of the Elizabethan Poor Law of 1597-1601. In the initial stages the amendment act was set up to reduce the amount of poor rates that were being paid....   [tags: Papers] 673 words
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Gun Control: Is It Really in the Second Amendment - ... Unfortunately there are news stories almost every day reporting some type of firearm tragedy. It is almost the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting that took place last year on December 14th 2012. A man named Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary with a gun and shot down the door and entered the building. He ended up killing 20 first graders, 6 adults and himself (Altimari, Goode). One of the reasons the gun control topic has been such a big topic is because the shooting effected innocent children....   [tags: violence, death, background, checks] 775 words
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Mapp v. Ohio Fourth Amendment Case - Mapp v. Ohio: Controversy of the Fourth Amendment Ms. Dollree Mapp and her daughter lived in Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving information that an individual wanted in connection with a recent bombing was hiding in Mapp's house, the Cleveland police knocked on her door and demanded entrance. Mapp called her attorney and subsequently refused to let the police in when they failed to produce a search warrant. After several hours of surveillance and the arrival of more officers, the police again sought entrance to the house....   [tags: essays research papers] 1291 words
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The Poor Law Amendment Act and Tackling Poverty - The Poor Law Amendment Act and Tackling Poverty The Poor Law of 1601 was the first to codify the idea of the state to provide for the welfare of its citizens. It distinguished between the 'deserving' and the 'undeserving' poor; relief was local and community controlled.1 The 1834 Poor Law Act Amendment Act was an amendment to the Act for the relief of The English Poor Law of 1601. The Speenhamland System The Speenhamland System first saw light of day in 1795. It was introduced by the magistrates in the Berkshire village of Speenhamland in an effort to relieve the extreme poverty, which existed and was adopted widely....   [tags: Papers] 2921 words
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The Thirteenth Amendment and Slavery in The United States - In 1865, congress passed the thirteenth amendment, which was ratified on December 6, 1865. The thirteenth amendment abolished slavery in the United States permanently. It was thought by many African Americans that there would finally be peace, and that they too would be treated as fairly as the whites. This was sadly not the case. African Americans were brutally segregated and entrusted to hard times and conditions. Whites began to insist on racial segregation, which had been practiced before, and gave the feeling of superiority to the whites over African Americans....   [tags: peace, freedom, greensboro]
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4th Amendment - 4th Amendment In the late 1700's the 4th Amendment was written because of strong objections to the Writs of Assistance or general warrants. The Writs Assistance gave officials the right to enter any home and seize belongings without a reasonable cause. (Grolier Encyclopedia) The 4th amendment was ratified in the Bill of Rights on December 15, 1771. This amendment protects the people's right to privacy and security. (Encarta Online) The Fourth Amendment states, 'The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affi...   [tags: Government Constitution Amendments History Essays] 1098 words
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The 18th Amendment - The Eighteenth Amendment, or better known as the Prohibition Amendment, was the change to the Constitution that made the, "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purpose is hereby prohibited" (209). In other words, associating one's self with anything alcoholic, with the exception of medicinally, was illegal. This seemingly un-American amendment was ratified January 16, 1919....   [tags: Political Science] 1338 words
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Gay Marriage in America - Marriage is not something meant to be temporary. Marriage is a very serious and special thing that is a rite of passage for all people in a country that is meant to be free. Gay people are expected to pay taxes, work jobs alongside straight people, and live a normal life, except they are not allowed to get married. Marriage is about love, and love is different for everyone. Marriage is something that will assure equality and rights – all people have according to our Constitution. The constitution specifically says that the government cannot make laws based on religious factors, and the fact that gay couples cannot marry even though they love and have needs the same way straight couples do i...   [tags: equality, Constitution, First Ammendment, religion] 1092 words
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The Sixth Amendment - The Sixth Amendment was ratified on December 15, 1791. It guarantees rights related to criminal prosecutions in federal courts and it was ruled that these rights are fundamental and important. The Sixth Amendment gives the accused the right to speedy and public trial by the impartial jury. The accused has the right to be informed of the nature and reason of accusation and also be confronted with the witness against him as well as obtaining witness in his favor. In this research paper I will provide a thorough analysis of these above rights and give some history of the 6th Amendment....   [tags: Law] 1917 words
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Boxer-Snowe Amendment - Abortion Rights and the Boxer-Snowe Amendment February 15, 2001 was the first day the Global Democracy Act of 2001 was to be introduced by Senator’s Barbara Boxer, Olympia Snowe and Lincoln Chafee. This legislation would prevent the United States from imposing undemocratic and dangerous restrictions on health providers overseas. Representatives Nita Lowey and Nancy Johnson also would be introducing matching legislation in the house when it returned from recess. Senator Boxer and Representative Lowey developed the legislation in response to the “global gag rule,” imposed by President Bush on January 22, 2001 on the 28th anniversary of the Roe v....   [tags: essays research papers] 636 words
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The 8th Amendment - The 8th Amendment In the United States Constitution, the 8th Amendment prohibits the use and practices of cruel and unusual punishment. What exactly is considered to be cruel and unusual punishment. This question is a hot topic among America's many different current controversies. Many people are saying that the use of capital punishment (to be sentenced to death as a penalty in the eyes of the law [a capital crime]. An execution [capital punishment]) is a direct violation of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (Capital Punishment)....   [tags: Papers] 1213 words
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The 18th Amendment - To drink or no. Ever since the first people stumbled across alcohol (and then each other) this has been a question commonly asked. Statistics show that a majority of domestic violence, automobile accidents, and rape, all involve (many times) alcohol. Whether one thinks consumption is "right" or not has been asked by people for people from time to time. This would be the case of the 18th Amendment of 1919. The Act passed by those concerned with the above-mentioned problems, prohibited the vending, transportation of, and consumption of alcohol....   [tags: Alcohol] 334 words
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Protecting Life, Liberty, and Property in the Bill of Rights - Bill of Rights Essay “ The government is morally obligated to serve people and protect their rights such as life, liberty, and property. “ The Constitution had no effect against the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution was created to make a stronger central government to protect the rights of its people. The social contract protects the natural rights, while the Constitution protects every other rights, like adding an extra layer of protection. The writers intention of the Bill of Rights was to ensure the safety of citizens rights without them being violated....   [tags: constitution, amendment, supreme court] 839 words
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The Success and Failure of the Prohibition - “What America needs now is a drink,” declared President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the end of the Prohibition. The Prohibition was the legal prohibiting of the manufacture and sale of alcohol. This occurred in the United States in the early twentieth century. The Prohibition began with the Temperance movement and capitalized with the Eighteenth Amendment. The Prohibition came with unintended effects such as the Age of Gangsterism, loopholes around the law, and negative impacts on the economy. The Prohibition came to an end during the Great Depression with the election Franklin D....   [tags: temperance movement,liquor,18th amendment]
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How the Earl Warren Court Liberalized America - ... Board of Education (1954). The cases of Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), Escobedo v. Illinois (1964) and Miranda v. Arizona (1966), all helped define Due Process and the rights of defendants. In the court case of Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court ruled that if the defendant can not afford an attorney, then one will be provided for them. Also, under the Supreme Court’s ruling of the case of Miranda v. Arizona, meaning that when arrested, your basic rights must be stated, that you have the right to remain silent and that anything you say can and will be used in court....   [tags: amendment, rights, segregation] 834 words
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How the Failure of Reconstruction Impacted African Americans - After a war that claimed the lives of more men than that of all other wars combined, much of the country was left in ruins, literally and figuratively. Dozens of towns in the South had been burned to the ground. Meanwhile, the relations between the North and South had crumbled to pieces. Something needed to be done so that the country could once again be the United States of America, not the Divided States of America. The years from 1865 to 1877 were a time of rebuilding – the broken communities and the broken relations....   [tags: 13th amendment, war, reconstruction]
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Honoring the Heroes of the War on Terrorism - Grieving in Peace As America continues to be involved in the Global War on Terrorism there are those who are making the greatest sacrifice one can make for their country: their life. Truly answering John F Kennedy’s call to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” (ThinkExist.com Quotations) by sacrificing their lives in order to defeat terrorism. Those who have sacrificed their lives for us are not given the proper respect by being buried in peace because of a “church”....   [tags: Protests, 1st Amendment]
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Freedom of Speech in Cinema - Much like football and fresh apple pie, the cinema is an American pastime. It is rooted in the 20th century and has matured over the decades, mirroring the social and cultural growth of our nation. Compared to their precursors, contemporary films vary in content and target audience and convey a multitude of messages to viewers. But film would not demonstrate such variety without the cultural staple of our media, a constitutional right that is, in itself, an American pastime. Freedom of speech, as provided by the First Amendment, has fertilized the growth of cinema, and, in kind, the history of film has proven that free speech is easily applied to many media platforms, protective of controve...   [tags: social growth, culture, media, First Ammendment]
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Violating the Fourth Amendment Rights of Antoine Jones - ... In some States, the Government has the authority to allow police officers to search a vehicle without the necessity of warrant. “...as long as a state is deciding law based upon its interpretation of its own constitution, the state can be more restrictive than the Supreme Court. However, if the state is interpreting the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution, then they must follow the body of law established by the United States Supreme Court”(Policelink). The Government believes the attachment of the monitoring device for search was a responsible forfeiting act....   [tags: district of columbia, gps]
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The 2nd Amendment Does Not allow Gun Control - Throughout American History looking all the way back to the late 18th Century and the Revolutionary War, there have been many qualities that set America apart from all other countries. Documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights bestowed upon Americans have spelled out some of these very qualities that Americans hold dear. One right that is often brought to the forefront of the argument over gun control is found within the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”(1)....   [tags: Argumentative Essays, Persuasive Essays]
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Reasoning Behind The 19th Amendment - When the constitution was written, the idea of universal suffrage was too radical for our founding fathers to address. They decided to leave the states with the authority to decide the requirements for voting. (Janda) By allowing the states to decide who voted, the authors had not intended for each state's discriminations to prevent the country from maintaining true democracy. However, by not setting up a nationwide regulation, the authors launched the country into a century and a half long fight for freedom and equality for all....   [tags: American History] 1887 words
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The Failure of the First and Second Reconstruction - The Failure of the First and Second Reconstruction The First and Second Reconstructions held out the great promise of rectifying racial injustices in America. The First Reconstruction, emerging out of the chaos of the Civil War had as its goals equality for Blacks in voting, politics, and use of public facilities. The Second Reconstruction emerging out of the booming economy of the 1950's, had as its goals, integration, the end of Jim Crow and the more amorphous goal of making America a biracial democracy where, "the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave holders will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood." Even though both movements, were borne of high hope...   [tags: American History]
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Egypt's First Ever Multi-Candidate Presidential Elections - During the years 2005-2011, legalized opposition was successfully domesticated by the Mubarak’s regime. It was weak, loyal, coopted, coerced and permit/agree to state clientalism. Opposition as Weak: The legalized opposition was weak externally in its effect on the regime’s policies and internally due to the fragmentations and divisions within the party. Their external weakness can be seen through their voting behaviour in parliament. Will focus on their reaction to three vital issues deliberated in parliament from 2005-2010 namely the amendment of Article 76 of the constitution to allow for Egypt's first ever multi-candidate presidential elections (2005) seen as tailored for the grooming o...   [tags: opposition, parliament, mubarak] 1968 words
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8th amendment - I think that executing a minor violates the 8th amendment, “No cruel or unusual punishment.” If a little kid makes a mistake and accidentally shoots a gun or does something that kills someone, and they are executed I think that that falls under cruel and unusual punishment. A court case that made it to the Supreme Court was the case of Kevin Nigel Stanford, who was convicted in 1981 of a murder committed in Kentucky when he was 17 years and 4 months old. Stanford and an accomplice repeatedly raped and sodomized a 20-year-old woman during the robbery of a gas station where she worked....   [tags: essays research papers] 541 words
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The Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution - ... As of 2009, the United States has a population of 307 million people. Based on production data from firearm manufacturers, there are roughly 300 million firearms owned by civilians in the United States as of 2010. Of these, about 100 million are handguns” (Just the Facts). “On June 26, 2008, in a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of individual Americans to keep and bear arms. The court said gun ownership is an individual right, not connected with military service, and that it can be regulated in some ways....   [tags: ten amendment, right to bear arms] 754 words
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First Central Bank Case - First Central Bank Case Part I: River City was a community of approximately 210,000 people and, because of the influence of the International Metalworkers Union (IMU), had been considered a "union town" by most everyone. The IMU was heavily involved with organizing many of the firms and institutions in the area and was active in local politics. They had represented the workers at the large auto parts plant since the 1930's. Another of the institutions that the IMU had been able to unionize was one of the town's smaller banks....   [tags: Papers] 2857 words
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The Right to Bear Arms a Constitutional Conflict - The act of bearing a firearm was initially represented as a duty in England, up until King Alfred converted this duty into a right. By doing so, individuals were allowed to use firearms for two purposes: self-defense and hunting. In time, “kings chose to trust their subjects with arms and to modify and supplement the militia if need be” (Malcom 3). Individuals were given the right to bear arms in exchange for their participation in England’s militia, which consists of “able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service” (“Militia”)....   [tags: militia, james madison, second amendment]
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The Jobs of the National Riffle Association - The Jobs of the NRA Today the National Rifle Association is the largest association that protects your second amendment rights. The NRA was created in 1871 for one primary reason. However what most people don’t know is that its intention has changed very much overtime. There have been many different presidents and spokespersons of the NRA over time, which has always been ready to defend your gun rights at all costs. Furthermore the basis of the NRA has changed with a growing and always changing government....   [tags: National Rifle Association, Second Amendment]
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Pros and Cons of the Equal Rights Amendment - Pros and Cons of the Equal Rights Amendment The Equal Rights Amendment began its earliest discussions in 1920. These discussions took place immediately after two-thirds of the states approved women's suffrage. The nineteenth century was intertwined with several feminist movements such as abortion, temperance, birth control and equality. Many lobbyists and political education groups formed in these times. One such organization is the Eagle Forum, who claims to lead the pro-family movement. On the opposite side of the coin is The National Organization for Women, or NOW, which takes action to better the position of women in society....   [tags: Suffrage Equality Gender] 1284 words
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In Opposition of an Amendment to Ban Flag Desecration - In Opposition of an Amendment to Ban Flag Desecration In 1876 a Constitutional amendment was proposed that would eliminate the Senate. In 1893, there was an amendment proposed that would get rid of the Army and the Navy, and another one that would rename the country the United States of the Earth. They all share one common dominator: they would do absolutely nothing to benefit the United States or its citizens. To this list another proposed amendment can be added: the amendment banning desecration of the American flag....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 343 words
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The Federal Government has Reduced Individual Rights - What do transportation laws, public education, and welfare programs have in common. All of them are not instituted solely by the state governments but by the central government. These are just a few examples that show the power of the central government has dramatically increased from when it was first instituted (Nosotro). There are many factors that have fueled this increase, but one major cause is the Seventeenth Amendment. The Seventeenth Amendment was added to the Constitution in the early 1900’s and called for the direct election of senators....   [tags: Seventeenth Amendment ]
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The Civil Rights Movement - The Civil Rights Movement The 13th amendment, passed on the first of January, 1865 abolished slavery throughout America. Although African Americans were considered free after this amendment was approved, they still had a long and arduous struggle to absolute freedom. Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, segregation in the United States was frequently used throughout many of the Southern and Border States. Schools, bathrooms, libraries, and even water fountains were segregated. Though there were some laws that prevented segregation and discrimination at this time, they were not strongly enforced....   [tags: 13th amendment, slavery, civil rights]
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Gun Control in the United States - The problem of gun control and violence, in the United States, has been an unsolved problem. After the shootings at Virginia Tech and the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, people started debating over whether everyone should have the right to own a gun. In 1800s, the Supreme Court decided that the “right of bearing arms for a lawful purpose is a right granted by the Constitution,” then their next decision was the “free to regulate the rights of citizens to bear arms” (“Background”). Since then, Americans citizens have been questioning the wisdom of American’s right to own a gun (NRA)....   [tags: Arms, Amendment] 915 words
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Mississippi History: Indian Removal Act, 13th Amendment, and Reverend George Lee - ... It later was passed by Congress. Due to the Indian Removal Act the current Native American population is very low. --The Removal Act of 1830, section I, in The American Indian and the United States, A Documentary History, ed. Wilcomb E. Washburn, vol. 3 (New York: Random House, 1973) 2169"That in the making of any such exchange or exchanges, it shall and may be lawful for the President solemnly to assure the tribe or nation with which the exchange is made, that the United States will forever secure and guaranty to them, and their heirs or successors, the country so exchanged with them and if they prefer it, that the United States will cause a patent or grant to be made and executed to th...   [tags: power, population, slavery, vote, blacks] 667 words
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The First President of the Progressive Era - At the beginning of the twentieth century, started the beginning of what we like to call the Progressive Era. President Theodore Roosevelt (26th president), President William Taft (27th president), and President Woodrow Wilson (27th president) were all progressive reformers who formed many policies that our nation, today, still abides by. The first president of the Progressive Era was President Theodore Roosevelt, many people in his family and then all across America liked to call him “Teddy” for short....   [tags: theodore roosevelt, william taft] 540 words
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America and The First World War - The First World War was a conflict between the triple entente which included, the United Kingdom, the Russian empire, and France, and the triple alliance which included Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Germany. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by a Serbian nationalist sparked the conflict, because both countries had alliances with other nations, the war grew and spread over the world. The United States originally held a policy of isolationism during the war, but was forced to change that....   [tags: World War I] 513 words
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The First Aging American's Act - Describe the purpose of the proposed legislation In 1965 the first Aging American’s Act was passed. This legislation was part of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society reform. In passing this legislation nearly 50 years ago, the government created a new department the focused on the rights and needs of the gaining population called the United States Administration on Aging. The original legislation was complete with seven titles. The articles include Title I—the Declaration of Objectives for Older Americans; Title II—Establishment of Administration on aging; Title III—Grants for state and community programs on aging; Title IV—Activities for health and independence, and longevity; Title V—Community s...   [tags: legislation, aging population]
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The Importance of the Freedom of Speech - There is no other government in the world that gives freedom to the people like the United States of America. In the last sixty years, American courts, have made a set of legal doctrines that protect all forms of the freedom of expression. The First Amendment is a great respect toward the freedom of religion. It also prevents the government from "abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." In the early history of America, protecting freedom has been very important to Americans....   [tags: US Constitution History Amendment] 929 words
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The First Political Parties - Today, political parties can be seen throughout everyday life, prevalent in various activities such as watching television, or seeing signs beside the road while driving. These everyday occurrences make the knowledge of political parties commonly known, especially as the two opposing political parties: the Republicans and the Democrats. Republican and Democrats have existed for numerous years, predominantly due to pure tradition, and the comfort of the ideas each party presents. For years, the existence of two political parties has dominated the elections of the president, and lower offices such as mayor, or the House of Representatives....   [tags: Political Science]
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The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism - I’d like you to all stand up and recite the pledge of allegiance along with me please. I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America. To the nation, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you. Now I ask you, how many of you do not believe in a God. You see, the pledge of allegiance has been indoctrinated into us since elementary school. We are blindly following an oath of loyalty to our country, expected to recite what we may or may not believe in....   [tags: big brothers, amendment rights, allegiance pledge]
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14th Amendment -EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW - EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW In school especially, as well as throughout our daily lives, we learn in America to live by the idea of freedom and equality for all. We do not allow race, class, or creed to determine a person’s stature in the community. It may seem as if this is the standard of society, but these ideas of equality have been fought over since the beginning of written history, and even in America today, prejudice still exists. To address these and similar problems, the founding fathers of this nation created a Constitution which included laws that dealt with individual freedoms....   [tags: essays research papers] 925 words
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Do Guns Necessarily Lead to Crime - Crime and guns. The two seem to go hand in hand with one another. But are the two really associated. Do guns necessarily lead to crime. And if so, do laws placing restrictions on firearm ownership and usage stop the crime or protect the citizens. These are the questions many citizens and lawmakers are asking themselves when creating gun control laws. Guns have been a part of American history for as long as people can remember. For most individuals guns are supposed to be very dangerous and unsafe; Though, that is not true....   [tags: second amendment,gun control,gun ownership]
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Composting and the Benefits and Limitations of its Use as Soil Amendment - Composting and the Benefits and Limitations of its Use as Soil Amendment Composting is widely-known as an environmentally sustainable method of recycling food scraps and garden/yard clippings. According to the United States Environment Protection Agency's (EPA) 1994 report entitled, "Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Composting", food discards constitute approximately 8 percent of municipal solid waste generated nationwide. A case study observed in San Francisco, California, reported that an estimated 31 percent of residential wastes and 19 percent of commercial waste generated is food waste....   [tags: Compost Environment Ecology Essays]
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The First Constitution of the Republic of Texas (1836) - The first constitution of Texas adopted on March 1, 1836 opens with these words, “We, the people of Texas, in order to form a Government, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense and general welfare; and to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves, and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution”. (“Constitution of Republic of Texas” pp. 9-25.) Created in 1836, the first Constitution of the Republic of Texas was born. Fearful of attack by Mexican troops, fifty nine delegates, borrowing from other State Constitutions and the United States Constitution, met at the Washington-on-the-Brazos to write the first Constitution for Texas as an in...   [tags: common defense, justice, domestic tranquility]
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A Look Into America’s Women’s Rights Movement - History A Look Into America’s Women’s Rights Movement Seneca Falls, New York July 19, 1848, about one hundred are gathered for the first gathering devoted simply for women’s rights. Among those in attendance were well known presently for their efforts in the women’s suffrage movement, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The inaugural meeting devoted to women’s rights held mostly women in its attendance along with a few men. It was at this meeting that Elizabeth Cady Stanton composed a “’Declaration of Sentiments, Grievances, and Resolutions,” that echoed the preamble of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal...   [tags: suffrage, amendment, legislation] 573 words
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A Well Regulated Millitia: Is the Freedom to Bear Arms Constitutional? - Americans carry a heavy debate about whether or not the freedom to bear arms is constitutional. On December 14, 2012, a massive shooting occurred in Sandy Hook Elementary, involving a twenty-year-old man as the perpetrator, and twenty victims were shot. The outbreak of this crisis brought a national awareness about gun rights, and if carrying guns can also be used in defense. Due to this awareness, Americans are unsure whether or not guns can be handled within the states. The Second Amendment of the United States was written by our founding Fathers stating that it was necessary to have the security of a free state, the right of the people and bear arms, and these rights should not be impose....   [tags: Second Amendment, defend america]
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Should Violent Video Games Be Ban? - ... Than a person who do not or rarely play any video game. This means a person who play videogames, are better suit around his or her surrounding and could help improve our society. Between 1995 and 2008 there has been huge production of violent video games because of this there has been a huge decrease of juvenile crimes. In the article, Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence, the defenders of violent video games argue, “ if video games do cause youth to be violent, then one would expect juvenile violent crime to increase as more youth play violent video games....   [tags: crimes, 14th Amendment, claim] 605 words
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No More Gun Control in America - ... England has the highest violent crime rates involving knives. Many blame this on the fact that England does not allow concealed carry so that citizens have no way of protecting themselves against a perpetrator with a knife. In 1975 Washington D.C. proposed a gun control act. The act required all firearms including shotguns and rifles be kept unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger locking mechanism. Prior to this decision the Firearms Control Regulation Act of 1975 also restricted residents from owning handguns except for those registered prior to 1975....   [tags: laws, amendment, protection, food, sports]
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