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Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans have been searching for the true meaning of freedom. From the Civil War to the collapse of the Nazi government, from the American Revolution to the American Civil Rights Movement, and from women’s suffrage to the legalization of same-sex marriage, Americans struggled in ways to define freedom. Although there is currently no clear answer on what freedom truly means, Americans have been fighting endlessly for freedom, and it helps shape what the United States is today.


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