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Freedoms Evolution Essay

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Just as every plants and animal as evolved and changed throughout the course of its existence so has the definition of freedom while its’ meaning has stayed constant. Freedom has a perpetual meaning, however, humans have tried to change the definition based upon moral, ethical, social, and legal ideals that have through history been debated upon and never satisfied all. Freedoms’ perpetual meaning is that everyone, no matter race or gender, has the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. As time progresses and new ideas flourish the definition of freedom either flourishes along with society or takes a drastic spiral downward usually with the opinions of humanity. In this essay we will be looking at how the definition of freedom has been altered over its’ history.
If we glance back to the first groups that came to America in 1620 we must first look at why they left their home in England.
In 1532, King Henry VIII declared that the English church was independent of the Pope. This became known as the Reformation. His heirs introduced further religious reforms leading up the Separatists’ movement. Another issue leading to Puritans leaving was that the pilgrim Separatists used a bible called the “Geneva” Bible. The Official Church of England had strong disagreements with the Geneva Bible and King James authorized a new translation to be created. The first “King James” Bible was printed in 1611.
As time continued many Englishmen believed that there were going to have to be many additional reforms if the church was going to be purified successfully. Among the more radical of these Puritan groups were the Separatists, who formed congregations completely apart from the Church of England. Due to their separation from the Official Church of England the Crown prosecuted them because the government prohibited leaving the church; these Separatists moved to more open-minded Holland in 1607.
The religious dissidents from England were joined by other colonists and were recruited by the endeavor's financial supporters to make a journey. Thus began the movement to America in 1620 to receive the religious freedom and separation that they so desired from the Church of England. Once in America they were able to freely practice their own religious beliefs, and create a fresh life for themselves, their families, and their ideals. The Pilgrims were motivated by religious freedom and this was just a small story of the change of definition of freedom.
If we fast forward to the American colonist fight for independence in 1775 we get to see a different fight for freedom. Where as the Pilgrims originally fought for freedom of religion from England, the American colonists fought for freedom of independence from England.
Before the Revolutionary war began in 1775 there was a political war raging between the Crown and the Colonies. The British Parliament claimed it had the right to tax colonists to finance the colonies' military...

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