Core Values Liberty Individualism Equality and Self Government Liberty the

Core values liberty individualism equality and self

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Core Values: Liberty, Individualism, Equality, and Self-Government Liberty : the principle that individuals should be free to act as they choose, provided they do not infringe unreasonably upon others Unsettled land fostered freedom through migration Many fled Europe to escape religious persecution Individualism : a commitment to personal initiative and self-sufficiency Fostered by the unprecedented economic opportunities of the New World for those willing to work hard enough Tocqueville: Americans’ chief aim is to “remain their own masters Equality : the notion that all individuals are equal in their moral worth and thereby entitled to equal treatment under the law Perplexing ideal in the early years of the nation, when some were free while others were enslaved Differing opinions on the meaning of equality persist Self-government : the principle that the people are the ultimate source of governing authority and should have a voice in their governing American colonials had substantial self-determination Vision of a self-governing nation with “powers from the consent of the governed” The Limits and Power of Americans’ Ideals Americans’ cultural beliefs are idealistic Failures to meet these high ideals: Slavery Post-slavery “Jim Crow” era Racial immigration and property restrictions Equality has never been an American birthright Slavery Racial immigration restrictions Limited voting rights Continuing struggle to build a more equal society Civil rights movements Abolition and suffrage Equal treatment for minorities, including the LGBTQ community Public education Higher education A College Education -Reflecting their belief in individualism and equality,

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