Freedom, equality, and individualism; these three words may seem simple but their meanings go far beyond textbook definition. In many cases, these words define our society. For being American is to be an equal individual with the right to proclaim your separate values and beliefs.
Walt Whitman’s poem, “I Hear America Singing”, is a perfect example of the freedom of an American. Within the poem it states, “Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs,” expressing how every individual in this society sings out their conflicting and divergent songs, speaking their mind even if it’s not at all similar or liked by another. The Declaration of Independence is an example of our well sought for and deserved rights, it is humankind taking a stand to establish our freedoms which we hold so dear. As stated in the Declaration of Independence, “ 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. ” As Americans, our unalienable rights are the clothes on our backs and we wear them with pride knowing no one can strip us of them. “I have a Dream”, this speech by Martin Luther King Jr. is a wonderful example of how each and every person in this country should be equal for we all share the same rights, we all have our untrammeled beliefs, and one’s principles should never outweigh those of another.
Freedom, equality, and individualism; simple yet intricate essentials to our society where one should be able to sing out their song; stand free clothed in their rights; and feel equal among individuals. For when united, we make a whole, a society, a union.
Whitman, Walt. ”I Hear America Singing.” 1966,
King, Martin L. I Have a Dream. August 28, 1963,