The Founding Principle Of American Culture

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The Founding principle of American Culture was the belief that everyone has the right to equality and freedom. Freedom -the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint- was a primary reason many colonist fought against the British during the American revolution. They were seeking for freedom from the unjust ruling of King George III. Equality was also a driving force. The king had not given them many rights and had taken away some of the few rights they had as English men. This included representation in parliament and having a standing army, because of this many colonist felt that when the constitution was formed it should allow the freedom and equality for all. All though in theory this was what many colonist wanted, including the founding fathers, many did not practice this belief. At the end of the pledge of allegiance it states “and to the republic for which it stands...with liberty and justice for all.” Now if you change liberty for freedom and justice for equality you get two central points found in the constitution; establish Justice and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. That being stated the purpose of America was to create a country were freedom and equality reigned above all. Clearly this was not the case. Since the start of the country there existed this hypocritical notion that freedom and equality is found in America even though not everyone in America was free. Many of the founding
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