Essay on The Progression of Human Rights Throughout History

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The strides that have been taken regarding human rights have made it impossible to forget the many memorable landmarks throughout history. Events dealing with civil liberties are especially important in the United States. The Revolutionary War and the passage of the nineteenth amendment are two such occurrences. The history of both the United States and human rights has not come without a fight. Americans have adapted to changes in living styles which allowed the country to battle through shifting times in order to survive.

One of the first instances of the evolution of rights is made apparent in the expressions of Plato in the story Crito. Plato was accustomed to politics in the Athenian world; however, he chose to excel in philosophy.
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John Locke, a general physician, described the law of nature and its regard toward people in the Second Treatise of Civil Government. In Chapter 2, section 6, Locke wrote, “No one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.” His statement set forth the idea that all men should be created equal. Following this, men began wanting more separation and independence from the laws.

These separations, although drastic, may not be realized within a short period of time, but rather may take hundreds of years. This is made obvious when Hammurabi’s Code of Laws is compared to later documents. Back then, people were often thought of as objects that did not hold any value in addition to enduring cruel punishment. The criminal sentences were harsh, such as number 23 states, “If any one is committing a robbery and is caught, he shall be put to death.”

There were no exceptions to the Code of Laws; if someone broke one of them the accused would suffer. The Code even interfered with marriage, as number 128 states, “If a man take a woman to wife, but have no intercourse with her, this woman is no wife to him.” People were not treated as humans but only as things which moved and breathed. The laws of King Hammurabi were devised to exhibit his version of justice. The laws were not only excessive, but they were brutally violent as in number 195, “If a son strike his father, his hands shall be hewn off.” Citizens were

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