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In 1995 Jacob Hornberger leader of the Future of Freedom Foundation said If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly you are not free at all Many Americans would agree with that statement However it is doubtful that the Greeks or Romans would have The meaning of freedom was much more specific in those societies Throughout time the meaning of the word freedom has become more encompassing and more broad in its meaningFrom about 4000 BC until 1000 BC the word freedom meant very little Freedom simply meant that a person was not entirely owned by another person All persons were definitely not guaranteed the right to travel anywhere they pleased speak their mind or own property The meaning of freedom changed in the Greek and Roman civilizations The word became synonymous with participating in the decision-making process of the community a privilege bestowed on a very small portion of the men who lived in the civilization The usage of freedom obviously in a different language was nonetheless very specific you were free if you were part of the governmentThe British were next to add more meaning to the word freedom In 1215 King John drafted and issued the Magna Carta While King Johns motivations are up for debate it is agreed that the Magna Carta is the first document to guarantee some rights to citizens The Magna Carta gave most of the people freedom of religion freedom of customs and laws to protect citizens Included were laws that the King himself must follow Future generations interpreted sections of the Magna Carta to guarantee the right to fair trial by a jury The British played an important role in expanding the definition of freedom to include rights that other cultures had never consideredThe United States continually and swiftly broadened the meaning of freedom The US was founded on the idea of freedom and focused on freedom in the constitution and amendments The constitution
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