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America land of the free and home of the brave the utopian society which every European citizen desired to be a part of in the 18th and 19th centuries The revolutionary ideas of The Age of Enlightenment such as democracy and universal male suffrage were finally becoming a reality to the philosophers and scholars that so elegantly dreamt of them America was a playground for the ideas of these enlightened men To Europeans and the world for that matter America had become a kind of mirage an idealistic version of society a place of open opportunities Where else on earth could a man like J D Rockefeller rise from the streets to one of the richest men of his time America stood for ideals like life liberty and the pursuit of happiness People in America had an almost unconditional freedom freedom to worship write speak and live in any manner that so pleased them But was this freedom for everyone Was America the utopia for the millions of common men from around world as great as the philosophers and scholars fantasized America as a society as a country and as a leader was not as picture perfect as Europeans believed The United States under all the gold plating carried a burden of unsolved national problems especially racial The deep scar of slavery had left a dent in the seemingly impenetrable armor of the country From the times of early colonization to the late 19th century Africans had been brought over by the thousands in overcrowded and unsanitary slave ships and sold like cattle to the highest bidder an inhumane and despicable act that America land of the free and home of the brave allowed to happen Why Slavery is what the plantation society of the South thrived on The Souths entire economic system was built upon the shoulders of the African slave Too precious and dear to let go the South held on to this
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