Freedom: The American Dream

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Megan Cain Cain 1
Mrs. Bonessi
Honors English IIB
March 16, 2014
Freedom: The American Dream Throughout history, America has exceeded the limits and expectations other countries regrettably laid upon us. From writing the very first Constitution to conquering Hawaii and Puerto Rico, America has grown from on tiny colony to a country three times the size of Germany. The United States of America is now known as one of the most powerful civilizations in the world. Though, this power would not have occurred without a goal in the hearts of many. The original colonists that came to North America in order to construct a new life made the treacherous journey for one reason and one reason only- freedom. The Great Britain
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As slavery dispersed and segregation was introduced, a man named Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up and fought for complete freedom. Thousands of people seeking equality and freedom follow his movement to end segregation. In his famous speech “I Had A Dream”, he states “And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God 's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing…”. He became an American sensation due to the fact that he did not settle for safety. Instead, he put his life on the line for the freedom of future Americans, and in turn died for the freedom he so passionately seeked. H.L. Mencken’s quote is further disproved by the American culture itself. Our national anthem was written during the war that gave the Thirteen Colonies complete freedom to become their own colony. This poem describes how Americans laid down their lives in order to win freedom for their country. In the Star Spangled Banner (America’s National Anthem), it specifically states “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”. American citizens do not proudly sing this in honor of being safe; no, they sing it to honor the bravery of our fellow ancestors who fought to give us the complete freedom that we live with today. Yes, safety is a
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