Even though Betsy Ross is best known for creating and sewing the American flag, this has never been officially proven. However, there is a great amount of evidence that she was very influential in the making of the flag. These words by her say it all, “Our hearts aching, our prayers praying, our flags waving, never forget.”1
Being an American today can mean different things to different people but for me it means to have respect for religion and hope for better days through better ways.Thomas Paine and William Bradford give examples of how they modeled america to be the way it is today. The two passages I am going to be quoting are going to be “The Crisis” by Thomas Paine and “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford.
The chosen document was written by former president Andrew Jackson on December 6, 1830. Andrew Jackson was a less educated political figure, he was fairly illiterate but he did make major changes to the united states. The purpose of this speech was to justify, to the American people and to congress; the removal policy already established by the Indian Removal Act of May 28, 1830. During this speech, Andrew Jackson gives his reasoning for why the Indians should be relocated. He states that the Removal Act will, “separate the Indians from immediate contact with settlements of whites; free them from the power of the States; enable them to pursue happiness in their own way and under their own rude institutions..” (Jackson) This is an absurd statement, because even though relocating the Indian tribes and communities did help expand the land of the United States, this act left many of Indians without any ties to the land they were forced to move to. Just because the Indians wanted to keep their land and would do anything to defend it, didn’t mean that they were a threat to the white civilizations. Though, of course, these arguments are the exact reason why Jackson gave this speech. Throughout this document, Jackson keeps giving explanations as to why the Removal act improves both the Indian and white societies, in his point of view anyway.
Freedom, the one thing that America is know for. Freedom doesn’t just happen, it is earned. Patrick Henry was the man who said the first words that needed to be heard to bring about the freedom the we have today. Patrick Henry was born May 29, 1736, he lived his life defending people who couldn't defend themselves and became a attorney. In 1776 and 1784 he became the first and the sixth governor of Virginia. He was married twice, the first was in 1754 to Sarah Shelton, who later passed away in 1775 to what was believed to be postpartum psychosis. He was then married to Dorothea Dandridge in 1777 until he died on June 6, 1799.
Attention getter- An act that seems dangerous to do can lead to bigger things, like fame. Patrick Henry is a young representative who stood up in the Virginia Burgesses and gave a speech regarding to the hatred by the British. Before, Henry wasn’t well-known, but due to the speech he begins to gain more popularity.
Coretta Scott King said "Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation." I agree with King for a few reasons. Many people might just not even remember their rights. Your rights may also even be stolen by someone. Freedom is always taken away, but you can get your rights and freedom back by doing something outstanding.
The history and foundation of America was forged through the blood, sweat, and the tenacity of the colonists in the mid- 1700s. During this time of new hope and perspective, the colonists felt stifled by Britain’s tight hold on their country. They insisted on independence for their colonies and were enraged by their original land’s refusal to acknowledge their rights. Britain ignores the colonists’ natural rights and took advantage of America’s reliance on their finances and support. Britain’s government terrorized the colonists by denying their natural rights and abusing their power, leading to revolutions that would further shape the history of America.
The revolutionary war was a time well known in our history. We grew up learning that all the colonists were tired of the way Britain treated us, what they don’t show at a young age is that not everyone wanted to fight. Not everyone believed that fighting the British was a good idea; some thought it was smart to stay loyal to the British for they had the biggest militia at this time. The only way to face something like that is through encouragement, inspiration, and the wise words from men who want to stand for what they believe in. Many men had the same ideas, this shows that the repetitive ideas were for emphasis and persuasions. Men like Thomas Paine, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Patrick Henry all gave speeches to encourage the people of America to stand up and fight for what’s right. Not only did they sacrifice their careers, some also fought in the war.
Racism has always been a major problem in America. However, it was known to be the most problematic in the late 1950s. On August 28 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his infamous speech “I Have a Dream” to America. His dream highlighted the injustices of segregation and discrimination of African Americans that took place in this nation every single day. Dr. King inspired thousands despite the color of their skin, to take a stance against racism, with his powerful way with words. In his speech MLK efficaciously uses, Ethos, Pathos, and Logos by using allusions, developing credibility, in his speech to persuade all Americans to be aware of the problems with racism.
Merriam-Webster defines rebellion as, "open opposition toward a person or group in authority” or “refusal to obey rules or accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc” (“Rebellion”). Have you ever thought of the numerous accounts of rebellious acts that have been expressed throughout time? Many of these uprisings have been successful and have brought great change in society. There are many examples of this throughout history. The Boston Tea Party painting would most likely spark a feeling of rebellion inside any American who views it. While the main focus is the painting, one cannot fully grasp the extent of powerful emotions that it encases without having prior knowledge about the defiance and its purpose, the details within the
During Thomas Paine speech, “The Crisis No. 1” colonists had to decide whether to live under the British rules or fight for their own freedom, what if the colonists thought about the idea about fighting back, but it was too late to make a decision and British has already taken over, Would America be different now? During this time period colonists were struggling throughout the Revolutionary War along with the Stamp Act, Tea Party, Lexington and concord until Thomas Paine released the Common Sense and the colonists left relieved. In “The Crisis No. 1” by Thomas Paine, he uses pathos to encourage parents and families to protect their young ones and hoped for them to fight in the war.
American history is full of battles and freedom fighters. From the Boston tea party to voting rights. America fought against a king who was unfair and unjust. They may have had a civil war but it was also for the idea that rights were being taken away. The country has many amazing historical characters that made it the country it is today. This paper will discuss the Boston Tea Party, George Washington’s inaugural address, his warnings upon leaving office as well as the Boston Massacre, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and John Adams on voting rights.
In March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry gave the Speech to the Virginia Convention at St. John’s church in Richmond. The reason this speech was written was to tell delegates that they needed to fight against Britain to be free from then. It was intended to “Mr. President” of the Virginia Conference who was Peyton Randolph, and the delegates. This document is still important now because it’s the beginning of the Revolutionary war with Britain. Patrick Henry knew that the only way to the freedom from Britain was to fight back too.
less than a month before the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Patrick Henry addressed the
When the Boston Tea Party occurred on the evening of December 16,1773, it was the culmination of many years of bad feeling between the British government and her American colonies. The controversy between the two always seemed to hinge on the taxes, which Great Britain required for the upkeep of the American colonies. Starting in 1765, the Stamp Act was intended by Parliament to provide the funds necessary to keep peace between the American settlers and the Native American population. The Stamp Act was loathed by the American colonists and later repealed by parliament.