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Following a dream towards freedom

Following A Dream Toward Freedom

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Freedom was and still is the dream of every American. Freedom is defined as the

liberty of choice or action, self-determination of rational beings, the right to enjoy

privileges of membership or citizenship, and independence. The natural rights of all men

have been stated as "life, liberty, and the puruit of happiness." In order for freedom to

exist, people must take on the responsibility to pursue and maintain their dream.

The dream of freedom requires people to take responsibility to govern themselves

in a way in which freedom can succeed without chaos. Civilizations have used

governmental law and social rules to regulate their citizens. People must maintain a direct

hold on their government and society through their laws and social structure, allowing for

each individual within their citizenship to keep their own identity while participating in the

civilization as a whole. When people take on the responsibility of their citizenship and

follow the laws and rules founded for them, freedom is allowed to work for everyone.

"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world

founded upon four essential human freedoms," stated Franklin Roosevelt in his 1941

President's Annual Address to Congress. "The first is freedom of speech and expression-

everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his

own way-everywhere in the world. The third is freedom want-which, translated into

world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy

peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world. The forth is freedom from fear-

which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a


point and in such a through fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of

physical aggrestion against any neighbor-anywhere in the world," stated President


The first Americans followed their dream toward freedom by coming to America

and founding the colonies which have evoled into the cities and towns present to this day.

The officers and soldiers of our great country followed their dream toward freedom by

fighting and sacrificing their lives for the freedoms which are enjoyed and greatly

appreciated today. Civil rights and women's rights leaders followed their dream toward

freedom by achieving equality among all american citizens. As President Frankin D.

Roosevelt stated in 1941, these four freedoms are still essential today. Not just in our

country, "but everywhere in the world." We, as human beings have the right to these

freedoms and the responsibility to make a dream toward freedom come true.



Finch, Christopher. Norman Rockwell's America. New York,: Harry N. Abrams, 1976.

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