The unpatriotic act: ten years later. Truthout.org. Retrieved October 5, 2012 from http://truth-out.org/news/item/4076:the-unpatriotic-act-ten-years-later Scarre, Geoffrey F. (1996). Utilitarianism. London, GBR: Routledge, 1996. p 4. http://www.site.ebrary.com/lib/ashford/Doc?id=10058083&ppg=13 Summary of the PATRIOT Act.
America’s Revolution and France’s Revolution both had many differences, and similarities. The differences of these two, was that America got complete freedom from the “Brits”. Whereas the French didn’t become completely free, the King still ruled. The two wars helped the monarchs achieve somewhat of freedom. But a common factor that portrayed through these revolutions was the perseverance for freedom, liberty, and equality.
The Enlightenment ideas of equality for men, human rights and dignity are said to have inspired the Haitian revolutionaries. One slave in particular, Toussaint L’Ouverture a freed slave and slave owner is said to have been strongly influenced by Enlightenment ideas and modeled his new nation on French ideals of freedom and citizenship. Speaking of French ideals, before the revolution, France was ruled by an absolute monarchy, but the new ideas originating from the Enlightenment era included ideas about freedom, the common people’s right to govern, equality, and other democratic ideals such as religious tolerance and freedom of speech. The unrest among the classes was caused by these new ideas of government and their potential to improve society and the everyday lives of the people by eradicating poverty, unemployment, and hunger that was present in France before the Revolution. In 1789, the French people took matters into their own hands, ultimately ousting the king and launching a republic three years later.
Napoleon Bonaparte changed the world’s culture, spreading French revolutionary ideas throughout his empire. He created a book of laws (Le Code Napoleon), which gave France its first structured set of modern rules. The emperor also granted the people of his empire, freedom of religion, allowing everyone to believe in what they choose to be true. Finally the males of his empire were given equal rights allowing any male the right to gain wealth and power whether they are rich or poor. Napoleon Bonaparte improved culture in France setting the foundation for change in Europe, creating Frances first structured set of laws, allowing freedom of religion in his empire, and finally breaking the boundary that divided the social classes.
Retrieved December 4, 2011 from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/ehost/results?sid=9776f3a4-63e8-4caa-99ab-930360f2979e%40sessionmgr112&vid=2&hid=105&bquery=(AIDS+AND+"%3bin"%3b+AND+america)&bdata=JmRiPTI3aCZkYj1hOWgmZGI9YXdoJmRiPWFobCZkYj1xYmgmZGI9YnRoJmRi PXJ6aCZkYj11ZmgmZGI9aTNoJmRiPWVvaCZkYj1laGgmZGI9MjBoJmRiPTI2 aCZkYj04Z2gmZGI9aGpoJmRiPTIyaCZkYj10c2gmZGI9ZjVoJmRiPW1uaCZk Yj1uMmgmZGI9dGZoJmRiPTIxaCZkYj1id2gmZGI9ZTZoJmRiPWUwaCZkYj1z aWgmY2xpMD1GVCZjbHYwPVkmY2xpMT1SViZjbHYxPVkmdHlwZT0wJnNpdGU9 ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d Hale, C. (2011). Demographic trends influencing public health practice. Retrieved December 3, 2011 from http://www.nwpublichealth.org/docs/wph2000/trends.pdf Sondag, K.A., & Strike, C. (2010, n.d.). Hiv/aids among american indians/alaska natives living in montana: a descriptive study. American Indian & Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center, 18(1), 1-22.
The Founding Fathers meant that everyone born had a fair chance at life, not that everyone would live a perfect, happy, free life. Slavery is probably the biggest topic that comes up when people talk about the phrase “all men are created equal.” It is true that slaves were treated unfairly and some were even just born into slavery, therefore they did not get a real chance to live freely. However, as we’ve seen in class, slavery started way back around 1600 B.C. To the Founding Fathers, slavery was relatively normal. Back then, it was quite a step for the Founding Fathers to even mention ending slavery.