The Quest for Equality

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The Quest for Equality
Debbie Werley

U.S. History 1312
Dr. Wendell Hunnicut
Final Essay
March 21, 2012

Although the United States was founded on the ideal that all men are created equal, many Americans throughout our history have not enjoyed this privilege. Several issues, such as voting rights, labor equality, and equal opportunities in education have faced minorities and women in our country. Many gains in improving equality have been made. Voting rights for all Americans, improvement in workplace discrimination, and equal opportunities in education are some examples of these gains. Various prominent citizens have worked diligently throughout our history to accomplish equality for these groups using different methods. Some of these methods have worked better than others. Boycotts, peaceful marches and courtroom battles were some of the methods that brought better results.
Many equality issues have affected minorities and women in our country. The fight for the right to vote was long and difficult for both groups. Although the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified in 1870, granting all black men voting rights, (Jones et al, 2009, 373) it was not until after World War II that this right was realized. Women’s suffrage was an even longer battle. Begun in 1866, when women reformers attempted to secure this right along with African American’s right to vote, women would not gain the vote until ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 (Jones et al, 2009, 476). Equality in educational opportunities was another issue that faced both minorities and women. In the beginning, African American children were not allowed to attend school. After being allowed to attend, they were segregated from white children and given inferior facilities, books, and supplies. Women, who were at least allowed to go to school, fought mainly for equal opportunities to attend colleges…...

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