This unity is what created a uniform America instead of a bunch of individual states. America may have begun with predominantly Englishmen on the eastern coast, but immigration has molded America into being a true “melting pot” of the various cultures in which the present American culture developed around. The advances made on the frontier are what evolved the European influences into the influences of independent
syllabus History books nor history itself can erase the fact that all of us has patriotism towards our own countries. It can be quite reasonable for many American writers in the 19th century to show off their own American national identity. However, America consists of various immigrants with different national backgrounds. Therefore, in American nationalism, patriotism need not to be confused with nationalism since nationalism is attached to the desire for power to serve other purposes be it political or self-promotional. America 's mission is to establish and secure the existence of a non-existing identity which is used to unite all of its 50 states.
For instance, the poem, passage to India was a real demonstration of idealism which withered a little during the abundance of the gilded age (Pannapacker, P. 45). Through his poetic works, here was able to give an in-depth understanding of the actual America identity that was mainly circumvented the concept of independence, freedom of the masses and democratic space for all human and political undertakings. This is demonstrated during this American Renaissance, whereby philosophers and authors in the mold of Thoreau, Emerson gave a brief assessment of America’s short history through their works and presented an overview of the concept of the national identity.
How has the American Dream changed from the 1920’s to now and how has the theme of the American Dream been supported by works of American Literature. We will see how the American Dream though time did not follow what the founding fathers set out for us in the declaration of independence and when they said, “The authors of the United States’ Declaration of Independence held certain 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". We will see how the American Dream suffers, what an American Dream is centered on, and how, for some, the American Dream is unattainable. In "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman and in "Harlem" by Langston Hughes we see the American dream depicted, as the loss and utter death of a distracted corrupt American Dream, as the love of the American dream, and as the American Dream for Blacks in a time of segregation and discrimination.
Romanticism As Americans evolved from Classicism to Romanticism there was much change, especially in literature. Classicism prioritized the idea of reason and valued “clarity, order, and balance” (Hodgins, 119). In contrast, Romanticism emphasized “importance upon the emotions and upon the individual” (Hodgins, 119). Early American Romanticists shared several central attitudes and ideas, including a concern with the “deeper” aspects of the human psychology that lie beyond rational awareness, and a tendency to value individualism over all social forms or systems.
Presidential speeches symbolize the American way of life, inspiring hopes for the future. Consider the following quote from Calvin Coolidge’s 1925 inaugural address: “We have been, and propose to be, more and more American. We believe that we can best serve our own country and most successfully discharge our obligations to humanity by continuing to be openly and candidly, intensely and scrupulously, American. If we have any heritage, it has been that.
“Once we became an independent people it was as much a law of nature that this [control of all of North America] should become our pretension as that the Mississippi should flow to the sea” –John Quincy Adams (Henretta, p. 384). In the 1840s, Americans had a belief that God destined for them to expand their territory all the way westward to the Pacific Ocean. This idea was called Manifest Destiny. In the nineteenth century, Americans were recognized for coming together and building up one another for one cause: westward expansion.
A big role in the “I have a dream” speech plays the main principles of Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The guarantees of the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" included in these documents were not fulfilled in the case of American Blacks. King again uses a reference to the Declaration of Independence and its first sentence "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal" to make his point about the need for equality among all people, not only Whites. He also uses the text of the song that was the national anthem until 1931.
The initiation document of the Ku Klux Clan is confronting in numerous aspects of their beliefs and perspectives on society. Furthermore, it can be examined to build a greater understanding of the American culture in the 19th century. It can be observed throughout the initiation, that the members absolutely view the Caucasian race as a superior social and political race. Progressing into their beliefs that throughout history Caucasians have held more power and will continue to hold autocracy. A strict rudiment of the Ku Klux Clan was to not cohabit with the supposed lesser races to make sure the white blood was preserved.
The American Dream is “that all men [and women] 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” (Declaration of Independence). Throughout modern-day literary works, authors have many different versions of the American Dream. In Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, the author presents the impact of a man with his own version of the Dream. In Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, Wharton shows how society and morality are both obstacles that prevent the protagonist from achieving his Dream. In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass, Douglass has to overcome slavery in order to fulfill his Dream.
Throughout the letter Banneker uses different allusions to help persuade Jefferson to rethink slavery in the states. Mr. Banneker alludes to the Declaration of Independence in his letter when he writes the most memorable words in the Declaration, “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.” In Banneker’s mind that means all men are created equal, regardless of their skin color . Not only did Banneker allude to the famous document, but he also refers the biggest
In the eighteenth century there was a mix of opposition of independence, and a hope that the new nation would become a home of freedom. Thomas Paine’s argument was that America needs to gain independence from England. Jonathan Boucher believed if God wanted America to be independent it would have happened. A few of the reasons Paine wrote Common Sense was a result of unnecessary wars, monarchical government, and the way Britain treated America.
In the same way Franklin composed a list of virtues he should follow to better himself, Thoman Jefferson composed a document declaring independence to better America. Thomas Jefferson is one of the most widely respected figure in American history. He had an intense belief in equal rights and individual freedoms. In “The Declaration of Independence” Jefferson wrote reasons he believed the Americans should feel compelled to declare their independence. He uses parallelism throughout the document to emphasize this important idea and make his argument stronger after each reason he presented.
2. A) The Declaration of Independence best represents the beginning of American identity because it forces the people to recognize themselves as a new nation. They are no longer controlled by the British, but they are now considered Americans. They are not controlled by the British government and can create their own rules that represent the American Identity.
The history of America has molded this country into what it is known today as, “the land of freedom” or “one of the best countries in the world”. One of the biggest roles that have come into play is America’s wars; some major wars were the Revolutionary War and the Civil war. As for the Revolutionary War it lasted 8 years from 1775 to 1783, the war began as a disagreement over the way in which Great Britain treated the colonies versus the way the colonist felt they should be treated, the Americans felt that the 13 colonies deserved all the rights of Englishmen, and therefore America fought for its freedom from Great Britain and the Americans won, that’s when this country became the United States of America.