Hello. How are you? Just to let you know about the news pertaining to the French Revolution: The war is over!. After a lot of fighting, there was a change in leadership out here. The King and Queen were executed by the newly invented guillotine. Life out here is much better for the people. The clergy and nobility aren't as powerful anymore because the working class has been required a place in every vote because of the new constitution. Anyways, I hope you can come out to see me soon.
Sincerely, [Your Name here]
It's been a long time since we last chatted. I just can't tell you how fast life changes here in France. Most days I see soldiers in the streets of my town. My uncle Antoine tells me about all the traitors who've been put to death by the guillotine. Some of the news is a little scary—revolts in the south and rumors that we'll run out of food and starve soon. Other news is exciting, like our soldiers' victories under General Napoleon Bonaparte. I'm thinking of joining the army to fight for the republic after I finish school.
Write back soon!
The printing press was invented by J. Gutenberg around 1439. It was a dramatic improvement in printing mechanisms, and it allowed for the first time in history the mecanized generation of multiplies copies of a written text. Previously, such works were done by hand and only one copy at the same time, and were mostly performed by monks.
The global spread of the priting press was a total revolution. It enabled to transmit written pieces of work very fast. In Europe, during the Reinaissance, it set the starting point of the era of mass communications, which has permanently, since then, triggered transformations in the structures of the societies. For example, revolutions emerged because the quick and unrestricted transmission of the revoutionary ideas occurred thanks to the existence of the printing press.
After the American Civil War in 1865, where 4 million slaves got their freedom and for the first time they were able to enjoy liberty of speech and movement, education for their children, the right of a fair trial as well as all the privileges of American citizenship, a reconstruction period took place.
In such reconstruction period, Congress acted to prevent Southerners from going back to the white supremacy, by placing federal troops to protect the rights of black citizens. But when reconstruction ended in 1877 federal troops were withdrawn and thus white supremacy returned to the old Confederate states. Consequently, black voting fell off because of threats mostly by white employers and the secret organization determined on preserving white supremacy known as Ku Klux Klan.
The answer is the right to life, liberty, or property!