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Civil Disobedience and Social Control from World History
Please review each of the following to prepare for this activity:
The Declaration of Independence: http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/ (Links to an external site.)
Letter from Birmingham Jail: http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html (Links to an external site.)
Harrison Bergeron: http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/harrison.html (Links to an external site.)
Civil Disobedience and Social Control
As we see in the video and readings, tension always exists between the people and those we allow to govern us (“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”). While the people make the rules, we are also compelled to follow rules we do not agree with. We are also expected to defer to the law. For example, “going limp” has been one of the tactics of civil disobedience; however, this is also considered resisting arrest. In effect, protesters are expected to make it easier for the police to efficiently silence dissent. While subtle, social control efforts surround us. Is there a point where the balance of “liberty” and “security” has been tilted to far in the wrong direction?
Provide an example from American and world history when civil disobedience was used as a means of protest.
Discuss what resisting arrest means in the context of protest, civil disobedience, and current political and social climates.
Martin Luther King Jr. wrote: “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”
What is your response to this quote?
Does U.S. criminal law go too far in efforts to restrict dissent? What are the risks of preventing orderly challenges to the law?
In Harrison Bergeron, civil disobedience was punished by death. Is this short story a cautionary tale? What similarities, or dissimilarities, does Vonnegut’s fictional society share with the “real” world of today?
|Total score 100%||Meets all the criteria necessary for an A+ grade. Well formatted and instructions sufficiently followed. Well punctuated and grammar checked.|
|Above 90%||Ensures that all sections have been covered well, correct grammar, proofreads the work, answers all parts comprehensively, attentive to passive and active voice, follows professor’s classwork materials, easy to read, well punctuated, correctness, plagiarism-free|
|Above 75%||Meets most of the sections but has not checked for plagiarism. Partially meets the professor’s instructions, follows professor’s classwork materials, easy to read, well punctuated, correctness|
|Above 60%||Has not checked for plagiarism and has not proofread the project well. Out of context, can be cited for plagiarism and grammar mistakes and not correctly punctuated, fails to adhere to the professor’s classwork materials, easy to read, well punctuated, correctness|
|Above 45%||Instructions are not well articulated. Has plenty of grammar mistakes and does not meet the quality standards needed. Needs to be revised. Not well punctuated|
|Less than 40%||Poor quality work that requires work that requires to be revised entirely. Does not meet appropriate quality standards and cannot be submitted as it is to the professor for marking. Definition of a failed grade|