In Margaret Fuller's essay "Fourth of July," what does she say America still needs to achieve? 

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Fuller expresses the view that the United States has not lived up to the ideals upon which it was founded. With independence, she says, should come the responsibility to ensure freedom, and given that slavery was still being practiced and defended at the time of her writing in 1845, the Americans had not succeeded in creating the kind of society they had aimed at 70 years earlier.

Fuller seems to be saying that materialism, the pursuit of wealth, is what Americans value above other things. She mentions Andrew Jackson, who had died a month (June, 1845) before she wrote her article. Jackson's legacy was something that any progressive of that time, or ours, would view negatively or at least...

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