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Bok almost does a 360 turn at the end of this excerpt

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Bok almost does a 360 turn at the end of this excerpt saying, “I owe to her the most priceless gift that any nation can offer, and that is opportunity” (Bok 222). For this is true, opportunity is one huge enticement in America that most countries do not offer, but is it truly open to everyone? Bok thinks that there are“…no limitations…set except those within himself” (Bok 222). But is this true? Even during this time of Bok’s excerpt, African Americans were struggling to be recognized, women were crying for equality, and Indians were practically extinct. Although America has made great strides in most of these areas, is America truly an opportunity for all races and genders? Or do we let everyone in to meet a quota but scare them out by discrimination? America is full of opportunities, yes, but are these opportunities readily available for everyone or only the select few? Is America truly different from the way it was 100 years ago as portrayed by Bok’s work? These are the questions that America should be asking themselves, is it all greed and waste or are we truly aiming to be what we call ourselves, the land of opportunities? “…no limitations are set except those within himself” (Bok 222). Work Cited Scott E. Casper - Richard O. Davies – Edward W. Bok - Five hundred years: America in the world - Boston, MA - Pearson Custom Pub. - 2006 - 5th Ed.
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