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Building Liberty from Different Perspectives

By Danna Martinez

 

Liberty is a changing concept whose content is modified and expanded through countless events. In us, the history of Liberty arises from the Declaration of Independence to the present day. The history of the United States is composed of a set of remarkable events that have generated a significant impact worldwide, many of them justified in the fight for freedom.

 

“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of Liberty is a history of resistance.”

-Woodrow Wilson.

 

  • Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of American Independence. July 4 in the United States marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 in which the country proclaimed its formal separation from the British Empire, that triggered the emergence of new liberal ideologies, which marked a period of change that sought to end authoritarian monarchies and welcome the first democratic regimes.

 

  • Some considered the Emancipation Proclamation of July 1862 to be the most painful issue in American politics when then-President Lincoln used his personal and political authority intending to end slavery.

 

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in 1929, Atlanta, Georgia. He became a social activist who played a crucial role in the American civil rights movement. According to History Channel, King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events. He fought for social and political equality until the day of his assassination on April 4, 1968.

 

  • Towards the 1960s, women joined the social struggle for rights and freedom, thus highlighting the Feminist Movement. The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) documented that women faced the same injustices as racial minorities. In 1966, the National Organization for Woman (NOW) was founded in order to change the treatment of women through group pressure, lawsuits, and mobilization of public opinion in favor of their cause.

 

These, among many other events, have been and will continue to be part of the construction of Liberty in the United States of America.

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