Hannah Rey Dodson
November 30, 2010
Being an American
From the commencement of colonial days, to the reputable, present-day nation millions occupy, perseverance has been the most imperative civic value to American history. It is the civic value that we bestow and hold true in order to consummate the American reverie of freedom, success, and happiness. Being passed from our forefathers, perseverance is an attribute without which, our nation would still be under the domineering control of Great Britain. Being Americans, we endeavor to eradicate the brick walls that restrain us from achieving that of which we are capable. Despite the roadblocks we encounter, our incessant outlooks empower us to steer straight and see the remuneration at the end of our ventures.
The colonists achieved a task deemed insurmountable. They fought for their rights, exemplifying perseverance by constraining Great Britain from taking advantage of the 13 colonies and advocating outright colonial independence. They were able to secure those rights and advance to create a contemporary model of government. During the Revolutionary War, the colonies’ novice forces appeared pitiful next to the well-armed, experienced British Army, but the colonists did not give up. Nonetheless, militia marched through without giving up, regardless of their armed and dexterous enemies. Perseverance among the militia proved to be more powerful and prevailed against Britain’s dominant army. Aware of the effort and struggles that lay ahead to gain freedom from Great Britain, the American colonists never abandoned their dream to be free. The establishment of the Bill of Rights would not be part of our nation’s history without the efforts of anti-federalists who fought for a constitution that organized and protected the people’s rights. Because of their persistence and the establishment of the Bill of Rights, Americans have earned the liberties we have today.
Frederick Douglass was one of the foremost...