Essay On Liberty In America

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The dictionary definition of liberty is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. Liberty, however, can mean different things to any individual, or at least that is what I first thought. I decided to do some research into the matter, and was surprised at what I found. I took a survey asking people what liberty meant to them. Almost everyone I questioned answered with one word: freedom. When I asked if they could possibly be a little more specific about what freedom meant to them, most could not answer. Those who did, however, mainly said it was the ability to do what they wanted when they wanted. That is the real issue here, is it not? When faced with a question about our guaranteed rights, we do not always know how to answer. After all, if we were born as Americans, then many of us have been free our entire lives. We may not know the oppression others face. We do not always recognize the constant state of fear they may live in. We may not know what it is like to be denied the simple things in life we think are promised us. For those who live under strict oppressive rule, liberty is something they do not have. For them, liberty is the ability for girls to go to…show more content…
They fought for freedom of speech, freedom to practice their chosen religion, freedom to write what they felt to be true, or to be untrue. Patrick Henry, leader of the revolt against the Stamp Act of 1765, is remembered for his famous quote of “give me liberty, or give me death!” Harriet Tubman, leading abolitionist and a conductor of the underground railroad, said much the same thing on the matter. “I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I could have the
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