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Published on Jul 26, 2017
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The United States of America has a fascinating and deep history. And while a majority of the nation's story contains violence, genocide and thievery; one of the most important things to consider when thinking about America, is the IDEA of this country is as great as any country could be.
America was built on the foundation of constantly innovating and improving, so the future is as great as we can imagine it. Its fabric is threaded by the freedom to be yourself; the freedom to think, to speak, and to worship how you desire.
This is, and has been, obviously contradictory in a lot of ways. We obviously still aren't where we need to be, yet. This country is far from perfect, and you could criticize it in many ways. However, sometimes it's important to look back to see where you used to be, to be able to appreciate just how far you've come.
When I created this video, I wanted to use rap styles and humor, to help educate people on the rich, violent, and controversial history of The United States of America. So many school teachers bore their students to tears when they explain America's history, which is messed up, because America's history is far from boring. War, greed, famine, bloodshed, scandal, violence, assassinations, scalping, etc. What the f*** is boring about that?
I hope you enjoy this video. It took a lot of work, research, and patience to create.
Special thanks to: John Green & his brilliant YouTube series Crash Course for helping me brush up on my history knowledge.
Special thanks to: Michael "Seven" Summers for his constructive criticism and producer eyes/ears for how to improve this project. And also, for creating all the background beats. They're original tracks. No, you can't download them somewhere. No, I won't give you the instrumentals to rap to, don't ask me. If you want beats like this, hire Michael "Seven" Summers to make you beats.
Special thanks to: David Warren Sheldon, aka my dad, for bestowing his brilliant historical knowledge on me, and helping me understand the perspective and context of a lot of the events discussed in the video.