March 30, 2015

Homework Help: AP English

Posted by manny on Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 11:52am.


I am doing an essay for my english class that deals with American values.

The questions to consider:

What does America value? How do you know?

In class we dicussed the following:

America Values

1.)The individual
The US was set up by the people themselves, thus they are to be given the utmost respect. Also man must make a place for himself in the world--defining his own life not imitating the life of another.

"the state comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power..." --- 'Declaration of Independence'

"envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion..." -- 'Self reliance'--> R.W. Emerson

2.) Rights

Rights can never be taken away from you.

"unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness..."--'Declaration of Independence'

3.) Government

The Government functoions to help the people deriving its powers from the ones being governed.

"it must have the sanction and consent of the governed." -- 'Resistance to Civil Government'---> HD Thoreau

"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consen of the Governed... it is the right of the peopleto alter or to abolish it [if they so desire]"--- 'Decleration of Independence'


Do you guys have any more things to add? Any suggestions? If I post my essay here later, can you guys look through it?

Thanks a lot,


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