The Right To Be Free The Right to be Free Freedom. Webster?s dictionary defines freedom as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action as well as liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another. American history has been, in essence, a huge struggle for those very principles. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, ?Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind? (Qtd. In Sime and McCambridge, 225). The integrity of your own mind is the purpose for which nearly every social battle in this country, as well as abroad, has been fought.
America has made a history of fighting for the right to have every principle of freedom a part of each person?s daily life, in fact, it was the idea of freedom that resulted in the founding of the nation. From the day that the religiously persecuted set sail for the new world from the ?old? to escape religious oppression to the day of the passing of the Civil Rights Act, America?s past abounds with stories of freedom both won and lost as people of every race and sex fought and continue to fight to obtain the right to act rights, freedom, women, been, americans, american, blacks, black, act, day, civil, years, whites, upon, men, came, america, white, though, religious, public, oppression, new, history, first, chopin, action, toward, time, through, think, taken, separatists, right, quakers