Democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity, and equality
The 5 American Ideals
When America was founded as a new country, the Founding Fathers wanted to base the foundations of the country off of five ideals. The ideals were for making the country thrive and the people happy. For the most part, this has worked for over 200 years! These ideals that the Country was based off of are called the Five American Ideals today.
Democracy is one of the Five American Ideals. The definition of Democracy, in my own words, is a government controlled by the people.
Rights is (are?) another one of the Five American Ideals. My definition of Rights is a person's capability that of doing or having something that cannot be taken away. Americans are born with three unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Speaking of Liberty, Liberty is another one of the Five American Ideals. My definition of Liberty is freedom. Wether it is freedom from rulers or one of the Freedoms in the Bill of Rights, every American has Freedom.
Opportunity is yet another one of the Five American Ideals. Opportunity, in my own words, is the chance to do something. The Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion are both examples of how early Americans used their Opportunity.
Equality is the Fifth and final American Ideal. My definition of equality is everyone being equal to one another. Another definition of Equality, though not my words, is this famous line: all men are created equal.
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