Examine how Antin suggests her narrative appeals  to the statements written in our Declaration of Independence.

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The original question had to be edited down.  I would suggest that Antin's analysis is one in which the sentiments of Jefferson's document are articulated with a great deal of intensity.  Antin's suggestion that America represents a form of "rebirth" is consistent with the Jeffersonian definition of freedom as one in which one actively seeks"life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  Additionally, Antin is suggesting that the freedom of opportunity that she can find in America from Russia is one in which education and the ideology of advancement is present with self- betterment.  For Antin, America's promises and possibilities are one in which there is a noticeable absence of barriers that prevent individual growth and advancement.  This strikes at the heart of Jeffersonian ideas, formulated in the midst of British control.  Jefferson's idea of American identity is one in which individuals are free from external conditions that prevent advancement and a sense of individual achievement and happiness.  For Antin, contrasting America with the life she led in the Russian Pale is where there is a direct appeal to what Jefferson articulated in his document.

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What does the last paragraph of "A Child Paradise" mean? Why does she represents her young self as "staring over her shoulder", and what is the "word in passing" ?

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