Running head: VOICES OF THE DISENFRANCHISED PAPER
Voices of the Disenfranchised Paper
VOICES OF THE DISENFRANCHISED PAPER
Giving voice to disenfranchised members of American society is vital to the goal of
dismantling systematic and historic inequality. Minority groups like African Americans, Native
Americans as well as women experienced disenfranchisement in the 18th and 19th centuries that
affected different aspects of the fundamental rights and freedoms. These groups were
marginalized on a host of issues like voting rights, civil rights, and representation in government
as well as property ownerships and access to education (Salvatore, 2009). However, the status of
these groups has improved in comparison to the earlier centuries, as shall be demonstrated by
this essay. The paper compared the status of civil rights for African Americans today and the 1819th century period.
Civil Rights Struggle in the Past and Today
Race and racial inequalities have crafted American history from its foundation. Many
Americans consider the founding of the colonies and the independent U.S as based on the need
for freedom, from the beginning, religious freedom, and later on, in the 18 century, political and
economic as well as social liberty. However, from its beginning, American society was built on
different kinds of brutal domination, oppression, and inequality that entailed the absolute refusal
of liberty for slaves (Salvatore, 2009). The implication is that the American nation, founded on
equality and freedom, allowed a paradoxical situation to define its history, the sy...
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