King “I have a dream
Composition II Journals
Sir Thomas Mores Utopia is a story in which the author describes, in his opinion, the model society. His main focus is to show us a world without poverty, greed, or crime. The heart of this society is based on the fact that there is no such thing as class or inequality; socially, economically, or otherwise. More tells us of a Utopian society that shares the same language, customs, institutions, and laws.
He explains to us how all of these things will defer a wanton society from happening. More saw a world in shambles; Utopia was his cry for internal peace and security in a fictional society.
In The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli presents a view of governing a State which is drastically different from that of humanists of his time. Machiavelli believes the ruling Prince should be the sole authority determining every aspect of the state and put in effect a policy, which would serve his best interests. These interests were gaining, maintaining, and expanding his political power.1 His understanding of human nature was a complete contradiction of what humanists believed and taught.
Machiavelli strongly promoted a secular society and felt morality was not necessary but in fact stood in the way of an
Effectively governed principality.2 Though in come cases Machiavelli’s suggestions seem harsh and immoral one must remember that these views were derived out of concern Italy’s unstable political condition.3
The Declaration of Independence
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee proposed a resolution to the Continental Congress stating that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.” Four days later Congress appointed a committee to draft a declaration embodying the intent of the resolution. The committee, consisting of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston, pressed on Jefferson the task of writing their report.
On June 28 the committee submitted to Congress “A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress Assembled.” The Congress passed Lee’s original resolution on July 2, thus deciding in favor of independence, but took three days to debate and amend the committee’s draft declaration before approving it on July 4. “The Unan imous Declaration of the 13 United States of America” (the Continental Congress never officially called it the Declaration of Independence) was engrossed on parchment, and on August 2 every member present signed it, the remaining members signing later.
On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the African-American civil-rights movement reached its climax when Martin Luther King, Jr.
spoke to over 200,000 people attending his March on Washington. Those who attended the speech included many demonstrators, both blacks and whites. Kings speech was mainly about the fact that African-Americans have still not truly gotten the equal opportunity they fell they deserve. This is also the reason why all of the demonstrators came. The crowds demanded voting rights and for an end to racial segregation and discrimination. King was able to rally the crowds behind him with his speaking talents he had developed while a Baptist preacher.
He told of the struggle ahead, the importance of nonviolence, and also his dream of the future. .