1st Amendment Rigths - 1,006 words
Albert Einstein was a famous scientist, writer and professor. He was born in Ulm, Germany, on March 24,1879. As a child, Einstein wasn't like the other boys: he hated school but loved math. He was shy, and talked very slowly. He didn't participate in sports but instead played with mechanical toys, put together jigsaw puzzles, built towers and studied nature. At school and home he would ask many questions and because of that everybody thought he was dumb. Once when he was sick in bed, his father Herman, bought him a compass; and Albert asked "Why does the needle point to the north?" His father didn't know the answer. Herman was calm, friendly and had a black mustache. Einstein also had a brot ...
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The 1st Amendment And Our Rights - 732 words
Freedom of Speech, freedom of expression, both oral and written, from governmental prior restraint, except as such expression constitutes libel, slander, obscenity, sedition, or criminal conduct such as bribery, perjury, or incitement to riot. In the U.S., this freedom is protected by the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. At the core of 1st Amendment concerns is the protection of expression that is critical of government policies. Also, if the people of the government think censoring American sites from having "vulgar" material on them, what happens when this child goes to a site that either has a nice sounding name that they don't think to block because it does not sound incriminating. If ...
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The Flag Amendment - 1,080 words
Burning an American flag has often been a source for debate and it has been proposed to make the practice illegal through an amendment. In order for this Flag Amendment to be considered, according to the U.S. Constitution, it must be proposed by two-thirds vote of each house of Congress or by the national convention called by Congress at the request of two-thirds of the state. To become part of the Constitution, the amendment must be ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states or by the conventions in three-fourths of the states. The framers of the Constitution purposely made it hard to put through an amendment for certain rational reasons. After reading several current issue ...
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A First Amendment Junkie - 579 words
Susan Jacobys, A First Amendment Junkie, is an extremely well written and sound argument in which readers can clearly understand the purpose. From the title, A First Amendment Junkie, she gets the readers attention and even forces them to ask the question: What is a A First Amendment junkie? It is clear as early as the end of the first paragraph Jacobys thesis or major claim- that censorship of any form is wrong. At the beginning of the second paragraph she states her belief, ... in an absolute interpretation of the First Amendment, from which comes the idea of a First Amendment junkie. Also, the readers get a sense of her persona when she stated that, Many woman I like and respec ...
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First Amendment Rights - 663 words
When you get very angry at someone do you ever say things that you truly don't mean? For example, say your best friend stole your boyfriend from you. A couple days later you wrote a note to one of your other friends and said, "I hate Christi so much I just want to kill her." and a teacher intercepted it and read it. She then sent you to the office and you got in tons of trouble. How would you react to this situation? Would you get angry that you got in trouble for something you didn't really mean? You have the freedom of speech, or so you thought. the First Amendment guarantees US citizens the right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion and the freedom to assemble a ...
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The Second Amendment Vs A Police State - 1,325 words
The Second Amendment vs. A Police State The United States of America has taken drastic steps in taking away the American peoples God given rights and Constitutional rights. The United States government is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people, for the people. There are very clear signs of a cancerous growth within our government and the citizens of America need to take preventative measures to ensure the freedom for which our founding fathers fought and died. I am speaking of numerous issues that have arisen in the United States that clearly demonstrate that our government is taking away our rights. I will hopefully be able to show a brief description of the government, as ...
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Second Amendment Loop Hole - 672 words
.When I was born my grandfathers gift to me was a lifetime NRA membership and on my twelfth birthday I received my fathers .22 caliber rifle, which he had gotten from my grandfather as a young boy. The topic of discussion at most family gatherings normally involves whatever species of animal is in season or gun control. Growing up in this environment has given me an interesting outlook on certain issues, mostly those having to do with gun control and the Second Amendment. It is my belief that the original intent and purpose of the Second Amendment was to preserve and guarantee, not grant the pre-existing right of individuals, to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment reads: A well regulate ...
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The Fourteenth Amendment - 758 words
On a date that will be remembered forever as a step forward for our nation, July 28, 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment gave a new sense of hope and inspiration to a once oppressed people. It was conceived to be the foundation for restoring America to its great status and prosperity. The Amendment allowed equal protection under the law, no matter what race, religion, sex, sexual preference or social status. It was designed to protect the newly freed slaves. However, it only helped the white race. Congress passed the Fourteenth Amendment not knowing how it would affect all the other minorities. Minorities were still treated with disre ...
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Freedom Of Expression - Our First Amendment Rights Are Threatened - 1,158 words
What is art? Can it be defined in any single painting, or sculpture? Is it even something that can be seen, or does it have to be experienced? The term "art" is so vague that it can be applied to almost anything, really. Mostly, however, art should be that which frees our imagination. It connects our conscious with our subconscious, putting into a visual form what we feel and think. It allows us to explore our inner self and fill that urge to understand our minds and our universe. Art helps us to see beyond the ordinary, to see what is in our hearts without being blinded by reality. When an artist creates a painting, it is not to create a picture; it is to create a feeling or mood. The purpo ...
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Amendment Seven - 304 words
The 7th Amendment is very unusual. It speaks to trials at Common Law (civil trials), rather than criminal trials. It states that in trials where the value of the potential award is greater than twenty dollars, the accused has the right to demand that they be tried by a jury; and that no facts tried by a jury shall be reconsidered in any court in the United States other than by the rules of common law. What does this mean? It means that in any civil case where the potential award is more than twenty (20) dollars, the person who stands to lose the money has the right to insist that their case be heard by a jury. It also means that once this type of case is decided by a jury, it cannot be retri ...
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The Federal Marriage Amendment - 586 words
The Federal Marriage Amendment is one of the strongest controversies today. Should the government have the power to state what marriage is? The FMA would define marriage as only, in the traditional sense, between a man and a woman. The amendment was first introduced by Representative Ronnie Shows (D-Mississippi) in the House of Representatives on May 15, 2002. Supported already by the Senate Majority Leader, Mr. Bill Frist (R-TN) and Representative Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO). In this, courts/legislatures from every state would be prevented from redefining marriage to include same-sex unions. Also, nullifying any gay or lesbian marriages already in existence. This is completely absurd. For the g ...
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Analysis Of American Reconstruction And The 14th Amendment - 828 words
Legal scholar Gene Healy has made a powerful argument in favor of abolishing the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. When a fair vote was taken on it in 1865, in the aftermath of the War for Southern Independence, it was rejected by the Southern states and all the border states. Failing to secure the necessary three-fourths of the states, the Republican party, which controlled Congress, passed the Reconstruction Act of 1867 which placed the entire South under military rule. The purpose of this, according to one Republican congressman, was to coerce Southern legislators to vote for the amendment at the point of a bayonet. President Andrew Johnson called this tactic absolute despotism ...
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History On The First Amendment - 901 words
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or 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. This is what the first amendment of The Constitution of the United States promises to every American citizen. The first amendment is what gives us the opportunity to practice whatever religion we would like and not be tortured or harassed for it, the right to speak our mind freely and not be punished for it, the ability to meet with others and express all of the thoughts that we have, and the right to petition against ideas ...
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Benefits Of Having The First (1st) Amendment - 486 words
The First Amendment protects the five basic freedoms that are essential to the American way of life. These freedoms are: speech, press, assembly, petition, and religion. Freedom of speech allows you to say what is on your mind, in public or private places, with out fear of getting punished. But you cannot commit slander or treason. Slander is when some one lies about another person in order to hurt their reputation. Treason is when somebody gives military secrets to enemies of the U.S. (any thing to endanger our government). Freedom of press allows people to express them selves in print such as books, newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and computer net works. Freedom of assembly prote ...
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24th Amendment - 662 words
The Twenty-Fourth Amendment states that as a citizen of the United States you should not have to pay a tax to vote. The tax that the Twenty-Fourth Amendment abolished was colled the poll tax. The poll tax was levied on an individual used as a prerequisite for voting. Poll taxes are the same for all persons subject to them, regardless of their income, property or other taxes paid. One of the main reasons for the poll tax was to discourage African-Americans and poor people from voting. This amendment was in fact needed. It was needed because the poll tax was keeping certain individuals from voting becuase of their income and/or their race, and that is unconstitutional according to the Fourteen ...
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Equality To All - 2,112 words
... religious goal over 2,000 years ago in the Christian Scriptures. Bergman states, "Incidentally, the source of the belief in the equality of man is the Bible, few ancient books espouse this concept, and it is foreign to most non-Christian peoples (6)." Since these concepts are biblical in origin, why are the students not told this? What about the fact that abortion, homosexuality and fornication are talked about in school, but teachers are not allowed to discuss the religious side of the issue, only the side deemed non-religious? Though the public schools are teaching a type of religion, obviously, the students are not informed about it; in fact, the topic of religion is not deemed import ...
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International Terrorism - 1,431 words
INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM By John Freel. This was a very difficult project for me to carry out, coming from an area were racial discrimination is almost non existent were only sometimes does religious bigotry raise it's ugly head, but not nearly in the proportions of this project. Ku Klux Klan, is a secret terrorist organisation that originated in the southern states during the period of Reconstruction following the American Civil War and was reactivated on a wider geographic basis in the 20th century. The original Klan was organised in Pulaski, Tennessee, on December 24, 1865, by six former Confederate army officers who gave their society a name taken from the Greek word kuklos, which means c ...
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Chinese Immigrater - 1,752 words
Interrogations of Chinese Immigrants at Angel Island Like Ellis Island in New York Harbor, Angel Island in San Francisco Bay was an entry point for immigrants in the early 20th century. The Angel Island immigration station processed small numbers of immigrants from Japan, Italy, and other parts of the world and was the key place of interrogation and detention for immigrants from China ("Angel Island Over View, CD-ROM). Angel Island in 1910 to enforce the Chinese Exclusion Act passed in 1882 and renewed in 1892 and 1902. Despite Chinese contributions to building the American West before 1880, the U.S. enacted laws prohibiting the migration of Chinese laborers after 1882 and accepting only mer ...
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Reconstruction - 1,015 words
Victoria Hubble February 8, 2000 Reconstruction The Reconstruction, a time most people would call a rebirth, succeeded in few of the goals that it had set out to achieve within the 12 years it was in progress. It was the reconstructions failure in its objectives, that brought forth the inevitable success in changing the South, as well as the countless African Americans living in it as well as the countless African Americans living in it at the time. There were three goals the reconstruction set, and failed to achieve, as well as emphasizing the profound effect it had on the south, and an entire race. In the South the Reconstruction period was a time of readjustment accompanied by disorder. S ...
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Reconstruction - 997 words
... overlooked the 14th Amendment, and saw it as an insignificant amendment. And as result of the dismissal of the 14th Amendment most private, and public companies like steamboats, hotels, and railroads either refused to serve blacks or set up separated The Second goal that the Reconstruction attempted to achieve, was the redistribution of land to African Americans and poor whites. However the distribution of homesteads, or seizure of land, one of Thaddeus Stevens ideas, met with little success. One reason was because the North and South resisted as much as it was in their power to delay or terminate the idea. In addition to this, most times the government was seizing land from Indian and M ...
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