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The American Legacy In Alexander Hamilton And The Iroquois Creation Story

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When one thinks of legacy, one thinks of the impact they will leave on the world once they are gone. As Miranda writes in her play Alexander Hamilton, “What is legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see” (Miranda). The American people will not see the legacy they plant today come to fruition, yet they can look back on the gardens tended by those who came before. This concept of what legacy is, in tern, shapes the idea of what America stands for. What is America, and what is her legacy? The argument can be made that legacy is not fixed and infinite, but malleable and ever changing. We see this when looking back on American history, for the America of before is different then the one of today. Therefore, America itself is not fixed but a work in progress, and will continue to be for as long as it values this trait. This ideal of America is bestowed in many of the author’s works analyzed during the semester. When looking back on several of the course readings, one can view the concept of legacy as a continuously developing ideal. To better understand the concept of American legacy, one must look back on the legacy of the original American people, specifically the Iroquois. While reading the Iroquois Creation Story, it is apparent that their legacy has lasted for numerous generations. Their story of creation is also integral to their society and ideals. Yet it is probable to assume that their creation story has changed overtime, thus changing the legacy of
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