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Dennis Muturi

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Prof: Mark R Welch

History 1700
Dueling documents: Student voices for a new America
There are three documents that are created by three different groups of students: Student
Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) and the
Students for a democratic society (SDS). The three groups are addressing the issue of justice but
the do it in different ways. In these documents I learn how justice was a major issue in the earlier
years. How some people were discriminated and how some people stood forward to fight for the
some of the freedoms we have today.
The first group (SNCC), base their document and explanation on love, forgiveness, religious
ideals and nonviolence. The believe in a community that is moral where people love each other
and they believe that if love exists, then justice will prevail and there will be no fear. Through
nonviolence, courage displaces fear; love transcends hate. Acceptance dissipates prejudice; hope
ends despair. Peace dominates war; faith reconciles doubt. Mutual regards cancel enmity. Justice
for all overthrows injustice
The second group (YAF), argue that political freedom is dependent on economic freedom.
They feel that the government bares a great responsibility in ensuring that the citizens are free by
providing national justice and administering justice. They finally argue that the main thing to
consider when dealing with American foreign policies is if the policies are for the good of the

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citizens interests.
The last group (SDS) looks at past events that distracted justice and equality in the past. How
silent citizens were compelled to be activists in order to protect their lives. They give examples
of racism and cold war and how they have affected the community and how the proclaimed
peaceful intentions of the United States contradicted its economic and military investments in the
Cold War status quo. They argue that there is still a lot that needs to be done even in the present
day community.
I feel that the first group explains the issue better than the others. I agree with their
ideologies. I support their recommendations and feel that the community and the relationships
between people they envisioned were perfect. The second group puts most of the blame and the
responsibility to the government while citizens ought to play the major role. The agree with the
third group that we still have a long way to go although they do not seem to acknowledge the
fact that we have come very far in dealing with the issue of justice.
History helps us learn about past events like justice in this case. We are able to evaluate and
see what people in the past did wrong and what they did right so that we can improve our present
and our future. We avoid repeating the wrongs and try to do better intern continuing to build
better communities.