Most of the documents made for the United States documents have the same core values involved. For example, the “I Have a Dream” speech, Emancipation Proclamation, and the Bill of Rights all talk about themes of equality, justice, and freedom to it’s fullest extent. In the “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King speaks about equality and justice equal among all races. The Emancipation Proclamation states that the slaves are freed, thus equality between all persons, and justice for everyone, no matter what race they are. The Bill of Rights tells all the rights of every citizen of the United States that the government may not intervene with, meaning freedom and equal rights for every citizen and justice for the government to not be able to intervene with the rights. I believe these values make up our American Creed today.
When Martin Luther King states “We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice,” (King 2). This quote shows how the African-Americans have been given freedom, but never actually were able to receive the freedom that they were given. He refers to the freedom that was given in the Emancipation Proclamation and says that the African-Americans were told that there were “insufficient funds” when they tried to cash their check for freedom. However, Martin Luther King says that it has been way too long and now is the time for them to “cash their check” for freedom, equality, and justice in the land of opportunity.
The Bill of Rights and the Emancipation Proclamation demonstrate those three same values that Martin Luther King did, even though they were 100 and 200 years before he even said the “I Have a Dream” speech. All of the texts talk about the three same values, freedom, equality, and justice. I believe that they represent our American Creed and the values of our country.
“Bill of Rights.” National Archives and Records Administration, www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html
King, Martin L., Jr. “I Have a Dream.” Speech. Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D. C. 28 Aug. 1963
Lincoln, Abraham. Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863.Tags: Okemos High School