America, the land of oppurtunity

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America is said to be the land of opportunity and choice, but in the past instances have inferred that at one point in time, everyone's rights were being denied or dispirited. The Emancipation Proclamation, "I Have a Dream", and the Lovings vs. Virginia are all events that took place in order to reinstate people's rights or that showed people's rights being denied. They all contain common elements which include civil rights and equality. All of these activists, Lincoln, Dr. King, and the Lovings, were fighting for something they felt was right. The Emancipation Proclamation is a speech about giving some black people their rights back, in the "I have a Dream" speech people are being told to protest for their rights and to stand up for themselves, and in The Lovings case they were fully denied their rights to be married.

Abraham Lincoln delivered his speech, The Emancipation Proclamation, in order to serve as an opening piece in resolving the conflicts of slavery.

Lincoln felt the abolishment of slavery was necessary in order to unite the people of the south and the north. Unfortunately, many conservatives lost respect and support for Lincoln, because he chose to let some slaves go free. This led to the Revolutionary War. The Emancipation Proclamation back then gave some black people the freedom the deserved, but when they became free they also had issues of respect and opportunities. Today, the Emancipation Proclamation is misunderstood as a speech that freed all the black slaves, but it did not do exactly what its purpose was. Lincoln had more hope for what it would signify but unfortunately his hopes did not come true.

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote "I Have a Dream" at a time when black people were being severely oppressed. Although blacks were free...