Research Paper On The Fourth Of July

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When I was younger, the Fourth of July was a time where the family came from out of town to cook, converse, and watch fireworks. It meant for me a day that you could purchase electronics for cheap via 'Fourth of July ' sales. I only understood the superficial definition, and could only take the holiday at face value. It did not have any meaning to me until I grew older. As I grew older I began to realize one thing, that most people who celebrate this holiday do not understand the meaning behind it. The Fourth of July has turned into a commercial holiday that advertises excessive drinking, reckless behavior and it has completely disregarded the idea of what the Fourth of July actually is, a celebration of our independence from, Britain, the…show more content…
The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate American pride and to be patriotic but, the country that we live in is nothing like the country the founding fathers intended. An article written about the modern Fourth says, “Our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves...every year as summer rolls around, we bring out the beer coolers, march like robots in cheesy parades, and light off fireworks...to celebrate the American dream that is now buried with Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the Continental Congress.” This quote really cements the idea that the meaning of the Fourth of July has changed and has tarnished what that moment in history was supposed to…show more content…
Immigration in this country has become a controversial topic that is rampant with racism. Now immigrants who come to America are forced to work in occupations that leave no room for growth and they also have to face a lot of discrimination. Dulce Pinzon, a photographer, explains this concept in her picture essay, The Real Story of Superheroes. She has taken a series of pictures of immigrants in superhero costumes working minimum wage jobs to support their family, despite their financial difficulty they still work hard. “The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed. It is common for a Mexican worker in New York to work extraordinary hours in extreme conditions for very low wages which are saved at the great cost and sacrifice and sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on them to survive” (511). We celebrate a country that has advertised itself as a country that is a “melting pot” of culture yet reject those who come to us willing to work. The Fourth should be a day for us to remember our roots and where our country was made
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