American Identity Essay

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American Identity is having every right and every freedom that every American should have. Being able to speak out and be heard freely is real important in our American Identity. Believing in what we want and making our own decisions play a huge role in or American Identity. It is also very important today that every American, no matter what race, has an equal opportunity to live as an American and nothing less. An African American man, by the name of Crispus Attucks, expressed this through his actions at the Boston Massacre. Attucks was an African American slave, who wanted nothing but his own American Identity. He wanted to be free. He tried many times to buy his freedom from his owner, William Brown, but Brown never would allow it. Around 1750 Attucks escaped. It was the only thing left for him to do. He went on to become a sailor in waters around Boston for some 20 years. There is where Sam Adams came and convinced sailors and dock workers to protest the British soldiers’ presence. This protest later became known as the Boston Massacre because of what happened on that fateful day. Attucks became known as the first African American man to fight for independence and what he believed in. On March 5, 1770, he led, without fear, the Boston Massacre, where he became known as the first to fight and die in the fight for his and others’ freedom. This event became known as the backbone of the American Revolution. It paved the way for American independency. This played an important role in establishing our true American Identity as we Americans understand it today. Attucks became known as one of the most important figures in African-American history. This is not just for what he did for his race but for all people that call themselves Americans. He is a reminder that the African-American heritage is not only African but American. It is a heritage that

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