Rome: Citizenship, Law and Justice

Similarities and Differences Between and the U.S


Citizenship belonged to all FREE law-abiding people.

•immigrant are not citizens automatically

•Rights of Citizens

-Able to vote

-hold official offices civil and government

-own property and write contracts

-go to court

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Roman laws were not all equal

•male citizens (not slaves) enjoyed all the rights .

•women had limits (no voting or government offices).

•slaves were property with almost no rights small chances of freedom. IT TOOK VIOLENCE

•freedmen were former slaves with limited rights.

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Was justice equal in rome? No do to slavery
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The children of freedmen and women would be born as full roman citizens

What connections can you draw between the freedmen children and the United states? The differences between the U.S and rome are that in the us we have equal rights and in rome people don't have equal rights. Any future children of a freedman would be born free, with full rights of citizenship .

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Law of Nature

natural laws giving every citizen right

-connected to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness

Natural law is a philosophy that certain rights or values are inherent by virtue of human nature and universally cognizable through human reason. Historically, natural law refers to the use of reason to analyze both social and personal human nature to deduce binding rules of moral behavior. The law of nature, being determined by nature, is universal.

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The Naturalization Test

Most naturalization applicants are required to take a test on:

  • English
  • Civics (U.S. history and government)

Deciding to become a U.S. citizen is one of the most important decisions in an individual’s life. If you decide to apply to become a U.S. citizen, you will be showing your commitment to the United States and your loyalty to its Constitution. In return, you are rewarded with all the rights and privileges that are part of U.S. citizenship.

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