A New Look at America´s Creation and the Founde Fathers
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"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power (Lincoln). When young, it is taught that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to free our country from the British. Later it is learned that history is not so straight forward and that human flaw plays a central role when it comes to the themes of history. Not everything that occurs in history is an accident nor is it as honest as it would be liked. So when Howard Zinn asserts that, “Around 1776, certain important people in the English colonies made a discovery that would prove enormously useful for the next two hundred years. They found that by creating a nation, a symbol, a legal unity called the United States, they could take over land, profits, and political power from favorites of the British Empire. In the process, they could hold back a number of potential rebellions and create a consensus of popular support for the rule of a new, privileged leadership”, his statement holds some weight. Zinn challenges conventional thought; that the Founding Fathers were revolutionary men who wanted to usher democracy into the New World. Rather he pushes the notion that American democracy is designed the way it was, to serve the self interest’s of the Founding Fathers. However is his assertion true? Zinn is correct in stating that the Founding Fathers created America with a degree of self-interest, which is reflected in the benefits they received, but is incorrect in regard to the extent of their intentions.
Taking a closer look at Zinn’s quote, the first provocative part begins when he states that America was not created as a symbol for democracy, freedom and the meshing of cultures; but rather it was created as large scheme for t...
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...nds, and they still chose to, in the end, push for equality.
These men though self interested in their goals and this is reflective in their work, but they did do dome goods as the amendments, and other ideas that did push for freedom, and the ability to usher in new freedoms and take away obsolete ones.
Despite this argument and many arguments are subject to speculation in the end, due to the inability to actually get the perspective of the founding fathers we can still see through the evidence that Zinn’s Quote does hold some truths to it. Though he does get some things rights, his statement holds fallacy in it's inability to quantify the magnitude to which the founding fathers chose to benefit themselves through a new government. “Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.”()