This is my expository essay about what it means to be an American.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, ”Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” In American history, there have been many times that people have had to fight for their freedom.To be an American means to have your rights and not be judged.

There has been many times that people had to fight for there freedom and demand for it. For example, The American Revolution many people had to fight and demand their freedom. Freedom means you have your rights, you have the freedom of speech, and also have the freedom of religion. Freedom of speech is very important because not everyone in the world has it.  Not everyone has freedom of religion. 

 There have been people in the past that were judged by their skin color. For example, immigrants in the documentary wanted to go to Pennsylvania and live a better life, but the people that were living there did not want them. They just wanted them gone, and the immigrants wanted to make a better life for themselves. They wanted to provide for their family. Finally, they started to bond with the immigrants and find out that the immigrants aren't so bad.

When one considers freedom and a lack of judgement, it is clear to see with a new day comes new strengths and new thoughts. Thomas Jefferson once said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This is still true today.




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