Roman vs. U.S Ideas

Citizenship,Laws And Justice By Caroline

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Citizens of Rome

Citizenship belonged to all free, law-abiding people

Rights of Citizens:

-Able to vote

-Hold official offices - civil and government

-Own property and write contracts

-Go to court

Not All Equal

Male citizens enjoyed all of the rights

Women had limited rights

-No voting

Slaves were property with almost no rights-small chances for freedom

Freedmen were former slaves with limited rights

The children of freedmen and women would be born born as full Roman citizens

Laws were focused on:


- Inheritance

-What family gets when a member dies

-Contracts between people

Laws were written

Natural laws gave citizens rights



-Pursuit of happiness


Fit the crime committed

-Fines (pay money)


-Banishments (have to leave Rome)


-Execution if guilty of treason

Patricide (killing your father, was punished by being drowned in a river

Slaves were beaten, harder work, or often crucified

Q: What connections can you draw between the freedmen children and the United States?

If your a freedman and if your children are born in Rome they become citizens, it works the same way in the U.S except that if your and immigrant and if your child is born in the U.S that means that they are citizens of the U.S
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