University of South Florida St. Petersburg
The Plight Freedom. What does it mean and where does it come from? Certainly there are many forms of freedom which exist on many levels. When one person has a desire to be free, what circumstances must exist to drive that longing? A single human wishing for freedom might be considered the 'bottom of the food-chain' on the grand scale of liberty, but a single mind can become the germination for all actions toward that goal. In the case of a population, can freedom be such a difficult prize if millions of people clamor for it? As for nations, is freedom an ideology or a bargaining chip on the table of world affairs, or both? In theory, never having known freedom might lessen one's burning desire to attain it, but such is seldom the case. I think people who once enjoyed freedom but subsequently had it taken away could most readily attest to the sweet taste of liberty and the bitter pill of oppression. The plight of the Irish is one such example, and the voyage of Ireland from freedom to oppression and back is the foundation of this study.
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Burke, Christopher, "A study of the Irish struggle against English oppression" (2008). USFSP Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate). 20.