To say that liberty is an inalienable right of the human race does not strike as something abnormal in the twenty first century. America is widely acknowledged as a land of freedom and opportunities. This fact is praised by the Americans in several national symbols, like in the constitution, the national hymn, etc. Americans even have a statue devoted to it which became a symbol of freedom and was the first thing seen by many people who went to the US looking for a better life. And is very interesting to read the poem at the statues base “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”.
Nevertheless, as liberty is such an important issue to the American people, this piece of work will deepen in several periods of the American’s history in which liberty or freedom were involved as fundamental issues. The interesting aspect of it will be to find that not always they were primary issues. It will be proved that in the course of history many times Americans hided under the premises of liberty several other interests, political, economical, etc, that were the primary reasons of their acts.
This work will begin with a brief explanation of the meaning of liberty. It will also include a brief analysis of the Puritanism, its development from prosecuted and wanted of freedom to prosecutors and takers of other people’s liberties, and a brief analysis on the Scarlet Letter and The Crucible. Finally, this piece of work will deal with slavery and how the liberation of black slaves became a crucial part of the War Between the States.
The word liberty (Middle English liberte, from Old French, from Latin lībertās, from līber, free.) can be defined as:
· The condition of being free from restriction or control.
· The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing.
· The condition of being physically and legally free...