As citizens of the United States of America, we are guaranteed certain rights by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When we practice these rights, such as the freedom of speech, we are protected under these documents. There are times, however, when individual rights may be limited or denied by the actions of the government, other people, or by circumstance. Examine the three documents on this page to investigate how Robeson's life engaged problems of rights in conflict.
Answer the following questions for each of the three documents below.
- Briefly describe the document (who, what, where, why, etc).
- List the rights that you observe being practiced.
- List any rights that you can conclude are being denied.
- Which right do you feel is more important? Does one have priority over the other? Defend your opinion thoroughly.
- Has there ever been a time when one of your rights (or rights of someone you know) was denied because of a particular circumstance? Did you feel this was fair? Explain.