Americ The Land Of The Free Essay

1210 Words Sep 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Until recently, I have always considered America to be the land of the free, where people of any ethnic background may seek out better opportunities for them and their family, doing so with minimal governmental interference. However, freedoms that we as Americans share today, was withheld from the general public for decades during the formative years of this country. Such freedoms as a higher education, having (personal) religious beliefs, equal employment opportunities, the right to vote, own land, or guns to name a few, were only permitted to a minority of white men in power. In fact, “freedom” as we know it, was violently fought over, consuming generations of people who were mostly indentured servants and slaves. Poor, lowly immigrants in Europe signed labor contracts called indentures holding a promise for better lifestyle opportunities in the New World that permitted them to labor for 5-7 years with clothing and food provided, and then becoming a free and equal citizen. The idea of an indentured servant was that they eventually became free, unlike slaves, who had no way out of laboring in the colonies; slaves (usually taken from West Africa) were captured and sold internationally and spent their entire lives laboring for the gain of white men. During early colonization, a small amount of African slaves were able to purchase their way out of slavery, until the exploitation of slavery became the most prized commodity among land owning settlers, making the ability to buy…

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