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what do us history and literature teach us about sacrifice and values worth dying for From nursery school to senior year of high school I have been taught that America is a country that is governed by one of the greatest constitutions in the world We are the true symbolism of freedom and equality I was always told to take pride in the fact that I am a national of the US With leaders such as Harriet Tubman to JFK we are a country filled with courage ambition and intelligence It is no wonder that we are now considered the strongest power in the world Our success did not come over night though Although we were considered the New World a place of new beginnings and a place that would be a place where everyone would be free from the Church of England as thought by the pilgrims At the same time the new world was a place for the great slave trade and many murders of Native Americans for lands With a beginning like that for the young America it was evident there was yet a long struggle to truly make it what it was dreamt of as It is so ironic that in class we learn that Columbus discovered America Yet evidence proves that so many American Indians were inhabitants of America for thousands of years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue In books we read how the pilgrims had the first Thanksgiving dinner with the Indians but we never hear about the way those same pilgrims paid back the same Indians who helped them so much by taking their land killing their children and raping their women My favorite is the fact that the writers of our own Constitution brilliant men such as Ben Franklin helped to state the fact that America is a land in which all men are equal yet they also owned slaves in their own household Something is
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