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Citizenship in America

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in history, women studies

CITIZENSHIP IN AMERICA

U .S . citizens are lucky . We have freedom of speech , freedom of religion and many more rights . Citizenship can mean different things to different people . Who a country defines as its citizens may differ in different times and different places . In general , we know that citizenship belongs to a person who lives in a certain country and has certain rights . Yet I believe that the true essence of citizenship lies in the duty to help solve problems

In the United States , the idea of citizenship has evolved over time [banner_entry_middle]

br For instance , in 1776 , most blacks , Indians and white women had no right to vote . They had to struggle to become full citizens . The right and responsibility to vote came after a long and hard fight

Studying history is a key part of effective citizenship because from people in the past , we learn examples of good citizenship

One very good example of good citizenship was that shown by Jane Addams . Even at age six in 1866 , she was an initiator and she wanted to change her world . During that time , she got this remark from Theodore Roosevelt , president from 1901 to 1909 , that Addams became the most useful citizen ‘ When she was 29 years old , Addams bought a large , old house called the Hull House in a poor immigrant area of Chicago . They soon learned that Addams wanted to help poor people solve the problems they faced . At Hull House , immigrants could learn English . Working parents could even leave their babies there during the day and the children were encouraged to take art classes . She also made the house available for family gatherings , weddings and other events . Addams raised money herself to pay for these programs . She also tried to change the government and often she worked in campaigns for people running for office whom she believed had honest intentions . She also wrote letters to members of Congress . She went to meetings to support giving women the right to vote . She lead marches to support laws ending the use of child labor in factories . She also tried to influence the government . In fact people today can still petition , or try to influence the policies of government . Petitioning is one of the basic rights of all citizens protected by the United States Constitution

When garbage filled up the alleys near Hull House , she was worried that the piles of trash may cause disease and death among the children in the neighborhood . So , she did something of us would ever think of – she applied a job as a garbage inspector . Thus , she was able to follow those garbage wagons all the way to the dumping site just to be sure that garbage is properly disposed

Addams was good citizenship personified . In my own way , I want to do the same thing as Addams did . Starting from my own home , I can begin helping my parents in cleaning our surroundings . I can also do some volunteer work in our community… [banner_entry_footer]

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