Assignment Details part 1
Political/Government Event Report
For the Unit 6 Assignment you will compose a 500 word essay based upon your observations of a political or governmental meeting, speech, gathering, or similar activity that concerns either civil rights or civil liberties.
You will need to first identify an activity that you will be able to attend. Examples of relevant activities include political speeches, town/city council meetings, school board meetings, political rallies or protests, public forums, or any similar activity that include topics pertinent to either civil liberties or civil rights. If you have any questions regarding the viability of the activity that you have in mind, contact the instructor. Though it is not preferable, you may choose to view a recorded version of the activity (speeches, Congressional proceedings, political rallies, and similar events are often available online) if your schedule precludes you from attending a “live” event.
Within a 500 Word essay please include:
- An introduction.
- Describe the observed political event in detail, including the environment and people involved.
- Describe how the event is directly related to the study of civil liberties or civil rights and how one may better understand these topics by attending a similar event.
- Make note of any aspects of the event that seemed confusing to you and/or any questions that came to mind during the observation.
- Support your answer(s) with information obtained from the text and at least one academic source.
- A conclusion.
- Correct grammar and syntax
- APA format
The Assignment should be at least 500 words, and must use and cite the text and primary documents as sources. Cite the work internally and in full reference at the end, following APA style guidelines. Citation is important to build the definitions, demonstrate your research, and to make it clear which ideas are yours and which are from the source. Check with the Writing Center for APA style tips and assistance.
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Submitting Your Assignment
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Since ratification of the U.S. Constitution many groups of people have struggle to achieve equality under the law. Even after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights many people received little to no rights. In particular, women could not vote, Native Americans had limited protections, and almost all African Americans suffered the yoke of slavery.
It took sixty years after the passage of the U.S. Constitution for this country to address the societal notion of equality. As per the Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The Fourteenth, Nineteenth, and Twenty sixth Constitutional Amendments, coupled with legislation passed during the 1960s Civil Rights era greatly enhanced minority rights. In addition, Supreme Court cases such as Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Craig v. Boren, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, and Romer v. Evans have narrowed or expanded equality.
Directions: Select a group of people that you believe to have struggled or are still struggling for full legal equality under the law.
- Identify the historical or current circumstances of this struggle for legal equality.
- Identify specific actions taken by this group; and or specific actions taken by the executive, legislative, or judicial branch to address this inequality.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of said actions.
Although slightly edited for format: these ‘responses’ were crafted by undergraduate students: Discussion Board Example