Essay on The Free And The Home Of The Brave

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“Tell me now what is worse”

“The land of the Free and the home of the Brave,” is a phrase taken from our National Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner. Between the nineteenth and twentieth-century this phrase became our country’s legacy, which guaranteed freedom and rights for all. When this poem was written during the War of 1812 by Francis Scott Key and adopted by Congress in 1931 it embodied the ideals of freedom. An ideal that was understood as having no real sense of judgment towards any of our fellow citizens, a place where you will be able to raise a family and be able to not only live comfortably but also live without the stereotypes following the appearance you have. This legacy of freedom never included every American citizen, for example the Native Americans and the African Americans. In the 1930s, when freedom began to embody the American Dream individuals began to ask the questions: 1) what is freedom? 2) Who is a free man?
What has been obvious is the fact that individuals have interpreted freedom to mean the right to do as one likes. Who were the ones that had that privilege? The answer was usually the one percent and the white privilege groups. Those groups who did not have to think about race, or their whiteness and white privilege. Whiteness does not always mean the color of one’s skin but it can mean money or privileges that another does not have. Houser in Juana Summers article is an excellent article about the privilege I am discussing. He had his…

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