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The United States of America is a country that was founded on the basic principles of freedom and liberty This often leaves it with a reputation as a land full of hope where anything is possible as long as one is willing to work hard for it Unfortunately this idea is not always true Frederick Douglas who was born a slave did not have the privelege of this aforementioned freedom liberty and social mobility Even though he was an exceptionally bright man he was enslaved and persecuted because of his skin color His life represents both the failure and success of the American dream with the failure being the extremely more dominant because of the color of his skin The most fundemental of aspect of the American dream is that of freedom and liberty Relative to other countries America was going above and beyond the call of duty to give its citizens these freedoms and rights The country was founded with a main focus on freedom from Tyranny This is shown by the following excerpt from the Declaration of Independence The history of the present King of Great Britian is a history of repeated injuries and ununsurpations all having direct object the establishment of Tyranny over these states When the Constitution was written the first ten amendments were a bill of rights The amendement the was most powerful was the ninth The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people This amendment means that any rights that were not mentioned in the constitution are still held by the people This includes any god given rights that all human beings are given All of these rights to freedom and liberty that are clearly spelled out hold a lot of weight in the American Dream This leads to the first reason why Frederick Douglasss life represented the failure of the American dream
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