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Review of Select Readings in Rights & Equality

Will you please assist with developing a summary of the below readings/essays with regard to the struggle for equality in the US and the importance that we understand and protect the rights/freedoms we enjoy in this country. Use examples from the readings to support your points. 200-300 words per reading is sufficient. Please not too much more than 300 words per reading.

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?
Declaration of Sentiments
A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Letter from a Birmingham Jail
I Have a Dream
Race and Responsibilities
from Eighty Years and More

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What to the Slave is the 4th of July?

Frederick Douglas, the 34 year old former slave delivered this speech considered to be an Abolitionist Masterpiece that offered a poignant critique of the American Racial Condition in Rochester, Independence Day 1852. This time period was a sad period of racial abuse against African Americans when Lynchings were common in the South and opportunities for the former slaves were far and few between. Even among the Freed African Americans in the Northern States, fear of violence and mistreatment against their persons was so high that many fled to Canada for protection. His speech offered accolades to the efforts of the Founding Fathers and declared the American Constitution the ringbolt of the national destiny urging his audience to cling its principles. But then while he declared it as such he referred to the Founding Fathers as 'your fathers' and it's history 'your history' in reference to the racial divide where African Americans are treated as no more than the slaves to cook and work for the ones who declared their independence and not as one who should and has a right enjoy it. Using rhetoric he referred to the Psalms & Biblical quotes to picture the hardships of the Black Slave. He ended up his speech arguing that the principles and causes of the Declaration of Independence & the American Constitution offers hope for the freed Black Slaves that one day the great American Nation founded in Equality, Justice, Freedom & Liberty will be able to see beyond colour and embrace a nation of diverse ethnic races united in their beliefs on Human Rights & Equality. What then to the Slave is the 4th of July? It is a symbol of hope that inspires them to work towards equality, to advocate, pray and work for change in a society that was founded in the declaration that 'All Men are created Equal."

Declaration of Sentiments

Signed in 1848 by 68 women and 32 men, the delegates to the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York principally authored by then Feminist Elizabeth Stanton whose primary concern was gender equality and women's rights to be established & acknowledged by the Laws of the Nation. The time period was traditionally Patriarchal --- while women's opinions were valued in the fireside at home, Men were the ones who governed and voted, essentially devoting women to nothing more but consorts and housekeepers despite the high profile that political spouses and those married to powerful merchants enjoyed. At the time of publication it was seen as controversial although many admired the courage by which those who signed it showed. The Conventional mindset though provoked decided against it with some women declaring it embarrassing. Nevertheless, the sentiments listed has come to the forefront that though the Declaration lost public support as immediately as it was published it has ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides a concise review & discussion of the following select readings on the topic of American struggles towards the creation of a more tolerant, just & equal society:

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?
Declaration of Sentiments
A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Letter from a Birmingham Jail
I Have a Dream
Race and Responsibilities
Eighty Years and More

Each article & speech penned by important pioneers in the American Civic Rights Movement, the solution provides a viewpoint to the positions that the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. & Lizzy Stanton took in their fight for equality. A wordversion of the solution is included.

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