In the year 1791, political activist and author, Thomas Paine composed a novel called Rights of Man. In the book, Paine expresses his point of view on American society as perfection. He describes the United States as, “Made up, as it is, of people from different nations.” All throughout American history there are many things that make America the diverse nation we are today. America is recognized as the “great melting pot” implying that our country where contrasting cultures along with beliefs blend together to mold a distinctively American identity. We may be “one nation, under God” but, in my opinion, we will always be in an overstuffed pot that will never fully melt.
The American Revolution is an integral event in modern history. It set the wheels in motion for practically every political and social order we take for granted today. The American Revolution was fundamentally a radical movement because of its democratic ideals, its separation of church and state, and its unifying of the rich and poor through the ideals of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Prior to the revolution, American society reflected its mother country. Gordon Wood writes: “we have often overlooked how dominantly British and traditional the colonists’ culture still was."
It has been mentioned that the wilderness will be consumed by "a web of roads and pipelines, drilling rigs and industrial facilities". The author uses ethos, logos, and pathos to construct and strengthen his argument, which is that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should not be developed for industry. Jimmy Carter demonstrates the use of ethos to build his argument, which is that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should not be developed for industry. For example, he quoted "Twenty years later, I signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, monumental legislation that safeguarded more than 100 million acres of national parks, refuges, and forests in Alaska". The author tries to point out in the quote that Jimmy Carter safeguarded national parks, refuges, and forests in Alaska by signing the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
Obama notes “…because in generous America you don’t have to be rich to achieve potential” (79). In that statement even the current President of the United States knows that the dream is still out there and not even one’s financial status can change that. In America anything is possible and money will not change anything because everyone has an equal opportunity to pursue their dream. In regards to achieving one’s dream, the Declaration of Independence has a significant effect on not only American history but also the equal opportunity to achieving an American Dream. In The Declaration of Independence Thomas Edison addresses the concerns the American citizen had with Britain.
The first settlers in America came to the New World to seek religious liberty. Taking a risk, they began their treacherous journey to an unknown land in order to practice their own beliefs without limitation. Later in the narrative of the making of America, the founding fathers drafted a constitution-- a collection of laws and regulations which set up the government we still know and practice today. Arguably the most important part of the constitution, the first amendment, gives citizens the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. These freedoms have been the backbone of this great country for centuries, has set us apart from other nations, and has shaped the course of American history.
Throughout the course of recorded history people have always had ambitions of living a safe and secure life free from excessive control. The discovery and expansion of America created a melting pot for people from all over to immigrate and begin new lives. The people migrating to America dreamed of a new beginning and a flourishing lifestyle, driven by hard work and dedication. The American dream can be accomplished through perseverance and hard work to achieve our goals; and the strong sense of community to increase the well-being of everyone, not just oneself. In Alexis de Tocqueville’s, That the Americans Combat the Effects of Individualism by Free Institutions, it is made clear that the American dream can be accomplished by oneself through
Thomas Paine’s characterization of America from Rights of Man is formulated around the idea that the government, which was conceived "on the principles of society and the rights of man," is responsible for the country's prominent social, political and economic equality. America is often thought of as a land of opportunity, equality and freedom. While Paine’s characterization of America today does not necessarily utilize all of those ideals, it is mainly centered on a country where everyone is treated as equals regardless of their social, political and economic standing. Many would agree that Paine’s idea is an absurd one, even Paine could not have been completely honest with himself, speaking about a utopia where all are treated equal when
The Statue of Liberty accepts those who have nowhere to turn. She provides them with new homes. She wants immigrants to come to the United States therefore they can’t struggle no more. I believe in the poem and myself America is the country where you go from nothing to something. Hope, freedom and land of opportunity were one of most main point in the poem.
Hughes does not think this. He says, “O, let America be America again—The land that never has been yet—” (Hughes, 62-63). What Hughes means by this is that America has a reputation for being one of the best countries to live in because everyone is equal and free. Hughes is trying to get the message across that this is not the case. America is not at the perfect place, and never has been.
America is often referred to as a wonderful land where things are always moving and improving. A man named Salman Rushdie wrote an essay as a person who moved from his native land (India) for England. Scott Russel Sanders responds to Rushdie’s essay about immigration with a very opposing tone. Rushdie’s essay had a lot of enthusiasm for immigration. He spoke of it very fondly saying “to be a migrant is, perhaps, to be the only species free of the shackles of nationalism.” (34-36) He would also be one to think that the U.S. is a place free of bigotry because of its history of migration.
Who doesn’t look up to the flourishing, thriving country of America and want to support its causes and freedoms? Paine is a prime example of support. Although shackled by the King of England, Paine is a firm believer in the freedom of America and their way of life. Throughout the passage from his book, Rights Of A Man, he discusses the diversity of America: so many different people, languages, religions, ways of life. The list is never ending.
“Stop Laughing at Donald Trump” Immigrants have been venturing to the United States for as long as this country has been established due to the extraordinary opportunities we have to offer. In the past, immigrants would have to venture overseas and pass through Ellis Island to get their chance at the American Dream. Although the process of becoming an American citizen does not require immigrants to go through such stringent restrictions, immigrants still have to apply for citizenship in one of the many ways it is offered here in the United States. Today some immigrants neglect the responsibility that comes with becoming a citizen and a great deal of them cross over our borders illegally and live here with no proper documentation. People have
During this war with Mexico the United States would see a great deal of success which would lead to many Americans, primarily politicians, promoting the idea of annexing all of Mexico rather than just the portion known as Texas. In regards to this John C. Calhoun stated, “We have never dreamt of incorporating into our Union any but the Caucasian race—the free white race. To incorporate Mexico, would be the very first instance of the kind, of incorporating an Indian race; for more than half of the Mexicans are Indians, and the other is composed chiefly of mixed tribes. I protest against such a union as that! Ours, sir, is the Government of a white race.... We are anxious to force free government on all; and I see that it has been urged ... that it is
This new goal hasn’t changed since it’s inception in the 1920’s and is a primary concern today next to national security. The primary cause of such a surge in power can be linked back to the citizens of the United States, they were heavily dependent on the government for solutions to their problems and so long as the solutions provided resulted in comfortable living and the consequences were never questioned. And so long as people remain heavily reliant on the government escaping the grasp of a powerful government doesn’t seem
In fact, Paine believed everyone was born as equals, but that does not mean everyman stayed equal their entire lives. Some rise, some fall, but there is no excuse for a division between a king and his citizens. Furthermore, Paine did not appreciate that Britain was causing harm for America, plenty call