Quest For Freedom

Quest For Freedom

Quest For Freedom
During our semester long journey through Core II: The American Experience, we have attempted to trace the quest for freedom through various readings. Every historical figure we have read about has had their own quest for freedom and had to endure their own hardships along the way. I believe that from the readings we have examined so far, the quest for freedom was best exemplified by: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Declaration of Independence, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July, written by Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth?s piece, ?And Ain?t I a Woman? All of these pieces have many similarities and differences at the same time.
The first piece, which shows the quest for freedom, was The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Ben Franklin lived what many people today call the ?American Dream? He began his life living in poverty and obscurity and worked his whole life to achieve, ?a State of Affluence & some degree of Reputation in the world.? (p. 3) We are also able to see in the autobiography that Benjamin Franklin was a very avid reader. Through his love for

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