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Zach Guidry Dr. Barnett U.S History: Survey to 1877December 10, 2017Freedom and Slavery in AmericaWhen people think of the United States of America, one the first words that come to mindis freedom. The culture of the U.S has the belief of the freedom and liberty to do things foryourself and no one can enslave you. However, this country centered mainly on one thing duringits first hundred years, and that is slavery. Slavery is on of the concepts that has had possibly thebiggest impact on American society politically, socially, economically, and morally. The purposeof this essay is to discuss the notions of freedom and how it contradicted with the possession ofslaves, and how it impacted the society in the four categories specified before. In America, the belief of freedom contradicted the feelings white Americans had towardsother races. In the late eighteenth century, the American colonist were outraged by the excessivetaxes and misrepresentation in parliament under the British crown. They believed that the Britishwere denying them of their unalienable rights, life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. After theRevolutionary War, the United States was born where every man was free to vote, make theirown choices, and not have to pay ridiculous taxes. Individual freedoms such as life, liberty, andthe pursuit of happiness were emphasized in the U.S Constitution as well as the Declaration ofIndependence. However, the Americans argued for freedom in a selfish manner. Thinking aboutall these individual freedoms they must have, but not granting them to people of different color.
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