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I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will then be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood I have a dream Martin Luther King Jr This quote is from Kings most famous speech that was given in our nations capital during the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s It explains the inequality that our nation has shown in the past and it is an ambassador for civil rights Civil rights has been a major issue that has plagued the constitution since its ratification in 1787 There have been many civil rights cases that have undergone judicial review to determine the constitutionality of these issues This paper will look at how these rulings have changed laws and have changed lifestyles for people across the country Such issues include slavery voting segregation and integration The preamble of the Declaration of Independence reads All men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness but is it interpreted that everyone should be treated equally This question has been asked over and over again and the answer has been yes The question that is asked next is how do we go about achieving equality for everyone without restricting someone elses civil rights The reason that this nation was formed was to give the people more rights and these rights are protected in the constitution The constitution is made up of twenty-seven amendments and most of them restrict the government from taking away the rights of its people After this country was formed and the constitution was drafted the issue of slavery arose and became the nations biggest dispute and almost ended this young diversified nation The first argument over slavery dealt with representation in government The southern states
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