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