Liberty and Freedom in America Analytical Essay by Nicky

Liberty and Freedom in America
An overview of the political, social, economic and religious struggle for liberty and freedom in the United States.
# 145111 | 2,228 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper looks at how the concepts of liberty and freedom were shaped and developed from the beginning of the seventeenth century until the end of the nineteenth century. The paper analyzes the limitations of these concepts and demonstrates how they have been significant to the development of American identity.

From the Paper:

"The issues of liberty and freedom have always been central to American politics. American political ideas and institutions were built on a foundation that dates back to ancient Greece and Rome, to the writings of Plato, Aristotle and Cicero. The political thinkers of the Middle Ages also exerted considerable influence over American political percepts; St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas and Marsiglio of Padua are only a few names of thinkers whose writings have contributed to American political heritage. Last but not least, considering that this continent was settled almost entirely by immigrants from England, one cannot underestimate the influence of English thinkers such as John Locke or James Harrington on American political life. However, it was French philosopher Montesquieu who redefined the idea of political freedom in his theory on the separation of powers. To Montesquieu, liberty was not synonymous to unrestrained freedom (McCormick, Leach 24)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Conrad, Alfred H.; Meyer, John R."The Economics of Slavery in the Ante Bellum South." The Journal of Political Economy, 66.2 (1958): 95-130.
  • Dodson, Howard. "How Slavery Helped Build a World Economy." National Geographic News (2003). Available online: <>
  • McCormick, Alpheus Thomas Mason, and Richard H. Leach. In Quest of Freedom: American Political Thought and Practice. Prentice Hall, 1959.
  • McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Oxford University Press, 1988.
  • Middlekauff, Robert. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

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