Essay about The Limits of Freedom

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The Limits of Freedom
Katt Carpenter

There have been many limits to people’s freedom since America was discovered. One that stands out to me the most is the limiting of a person’s freedom because they are a slave or an indentured servant. Both men and women held the positions of slaves or indentured servants, and they were not treated as one should be treated. There is a letter in Voices of Freedom in the text that is from Elizabeth Sprigs and it is addressed to her father bring forward many complaints she has gotten from the indentured servants. She points out to her father that; they don’t have much food, even corn is scarce. She also brings up the point that the indentured servants are provided with a means to have proper
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And it continues to go on and discuss how they were “dragged by the hand of cruel power from their dearest friends.” This references how they were torn away from family and friends, and unable to have that freedom to love and have a happy family. Their final thought was how they had “patently waited the event of petition after petition by them presented to the legislative body, (Foner, 239)” here it is shown that they never gave up trying to get their rights, that they were going to keep trying even if they were shot down. They felt that they should have those freedoms that other people had, and they showed that they were going to fight for those rights as human beings, no matter what it took. In conclusion, the freedoms of human beings were limited at various times during our history, whether it was demeaning or degrading, or just plain wrong. From women, to indentured servants, to slaves, all people are equal and should be treated as such. No person’s freedoms should be limited because of their race or gender. I feel as though these examples prove that while we believe “all men are created equal,” we as American’s didn’t execute those words

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