Early colonial America is a very revolutionary period of time in our country's history. From the milestone of the international connections at its origins to the actual First World War, the events of this era have played a truly monumental role in the formation of the world we currently call the twenty-first century.
Upon reading that I had to write an essay on just one out of the plethora of endless possibilities laid out by the prompt, quite frankly I was utterly flabbergasted. It wasn't until I was reading an article for an analysis essay for AP Language and Composition that my “perfect” topic came to me. Exactly what motivates so many “minorities” to come to America year after year? The American Dream, right? The hopes of finding a better life for not only themselves, but for the future generations stemming from their migration, right? When you think about it, isn't that what the pilgrims originally left for, or equally important to this matter, when colonists were trying to claim rights to when they declared Independence from the reign of George III on July 2nd, 1776 and formally signed by congress two days later? The underlying motives for John Hancock and fifty-five others' at its core prove to be the original American Dream. This original American Dream can be found in the first sentence of the second paragraph to the Declaration of Independence.
Precisely, it is this: “that [all men created equal] are endowed by their Creator with certain rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Just how cheese, beer, and the Packers are the epitome of being a Wisconsinite, I believe the three unalienable rights to be the core values of the American. My reasoning for this perspective lies in the analyzing of the more distant drives that propel the competitive world we live in and which also compels millions and millions of foreigners to claim their piece of the American pie, no matter the cost. It lies with the empathy link, though...
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