A Country Goes Through Classical Transactional Periods

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A country goes through many different transactional periods. There are endless discussions, conflicts, and enlightening periods. However, there is a steady mindset of the people in our country, pride. To truly understand the transitions of our country, we must look at the difference between the centuries. Being an American citizen during the first 100 years of our country and the late nineteenth century required great patriotism but, there are differences such as equality, social freedom, and education. An individual’s equality is not limited by their social class or race. The declaration of Independence stated , “ We hold these truths to be self-evident: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;..“ (What it means to be an American) However, from 1776-1864 all men were not treated equally. Society was defined by individuals wealth and southern slave ownership. Slavery was abolished in 1864 but that did not end social inequality. There were many struggles ahead of freedmens, immigrants, and the working class. As the country moves past the hundred year mark, there begins to be a shift in the thoughts and feelings of Americans. African Americans began to hold office and participate in capitalist ideals. Immigrants began to pour into the country and there is a cultural balance that requires attention. Immigrants were often looked down upon and treated with disdain by wealthy Americans. “By 1900, the contest for power between the elite classes and the largely immigrant working class was heading toward a partial resolution. As Victorian morality eroded, undermined by dissension from within and opposition from w... ... middle of paper ... ...lities.” (The Enduring Vision Pg. 594) Educated members of society can contribute economically, socially, and continue to expand on the American ideals. The first hundred years of country developed and molded prideful people, resulting in a country that believed in mass freedom, free thinking, and education. The country will continue to build on the foundation provided by the forefathers. “Democracy does not provide a people with the most skillful of governments, but it does that which the most skillful government often cannot do: it spreads throughout the body social a restless activity, superabundant force, and energy never found elsewhere, which, however little favored by circumstance, can do wonders. Those are its true advantages.” (Democracy in America) A group of people concerned with the daily proceedings of its country results from free educated individuals.

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