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In todays time the United States can be described as the land of opportunity It is place where anyone has a chance to make a better richer and fuller life for themselves Even in the Declaration of Independence it is stated that that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness US 1776 It is true that all people are created equal but it has not always been true that all men and women were seen as the same through the eyes of America Many authors wrote poems novels and short stories about America before it reached a time of equality for everyone America has seen its own civil war which fought for the freedom of slaves in the United States but even after the slaves were free their rights were not guaranteed It was not until almost 100 years later that minority groups gained certain privileges like the right to vote African Americans and minority groups were not the only people seen as seen as unequal women also lacked the use of certain rights It was not until almost the late 1900s that America could truly be seen as the land of opportunity Many writers and poets prior to this time could see the potential America had and knew it could be a desired place for people of all races religion gender and sexualities to live Poet Walt Whitman and writer Charles Eastman both saw the flaws of America but they both believed in America and viewed it in a positive light despite the times that they lived inWalt Whitman is known as one of the best American poets of all time He is quoted saying The Americas of all nations at any time upon the earth have probably the fullest poetic nature The
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