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Introduction In the history of the United States of America, freedom has been a battleground throughout and the definition of those entitled to enjoy freedom has been changing as well. According to Eric Foner, “Freedom is not a fixed, timeless category with a single unchanging definition”. The definition of freedom has been changing as well from the periods of reconstruction to Recent America. The definition of freedom has not only been discussed in political treatises and congressional debates but also in bedrooms, in parlors, picket, and plantations lines. the text Give Me Liberty! three dimensions of freedom are critical in American history which are the boundaries of freedom, the social conditions that make freedom possible and the meanings of freedom and all these dimensions have been changing over time. Based on the evidence available I am going to highlight the most significant meanings of freedom advocated by Americans in the reconstruction, Second Industrial Revolution, and the Sixties. To start with is the periods of reconstruction (1865-1876) where freedom became a terrain of conflict, its substance open to different, often contradictory interpretations. According to African-Americans’ understanding of freedom was shaped by their experiences as slaves and their observation of the free society around them and that was the most

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