American Ideals

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American Ideals

  1. 1. Examples of those Excluded from of American Ideals… <ul><li>17 th Century Puritan society in New England: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Early colonists escaped religious oppression in England to find a new religious oppression in America under the Puritan Church </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Puritan Church leaders governed people’s public and private lives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone who dissented from Puritan Church law was punished without mercy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When the Bill of Rights came along in the late 18 th Century, the separation of church and state was finally enshrined in our laws </li></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 2. 17 th , 18 th and 19 th Century treatment of Native Americans <ul><li>The colonies, and then the United States chipped away at Native American tribal territory </li></ul><ul><li>In treaties with the colonists, and later United States, land was exchanged for the promises of respect and coexistence, which were not kept </li></ul><ul><li>Early on, Native Americans were driven back by armed violence or the threat of violence </li></ul><ul><li>In 1830, the United States government began systematically removing all Native Americans from east coast </li></ul>
  3. 3. 17 th , 18 th , and 19 th Century African Americans under slavery <ul><li>For their first 246 years on this continent, African Americans were treated as possessions, not people </li></ul><ul><li>The Declaration of Independence declared all men equal, but the US Constitution defined a slave as = to 3/5 of a free man </li></ul><ul><li>Slaves could not vote, own property, receive an education, marry someone of their choosing, or, in most cases, earn money </li></ul><ul><li>The slave market separated wives from their husbands and parents from their children </li></ul>

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