Essay On American Freedom

Teachers are invited to have their students enter the American Freedom Essay Contest to win a free field trip of Historic Philadelphia for their entire class.

In honor of Constitution Day, The Constitutional Walking Tour wants students to give their views about American freedom. The American Freedom Essay Contest challenges educators to get their students to write a 100-300 word essay on the importance of freedom in their lives. Entries will be judged in Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories with the winner in each category earning a free field trip with The Constitutional Walking Tour for his/her class.


  • Step 1 - Review The Constitutional's many free educational resources available at by visiting
  • Step 2 - Prepare for the contest by having your students find an example of a freedom like Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Assembly in The Philadelphia Inquirer or your local hometown newspaper.
  • Step 3 - Have your students write their own individual essays on "How a particular American freedom (i.e., Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Vote, Freedom of Assembly) makes people's lives better."
    Elementary School Students (grades 1-5) are required to write an essay of approximately 100 (one hundred) words. Middle School Students (grades 6-8) and High School Students (grades 9-12) are required to write an essay not to exceed 300 (three hundred) words.
  • Step 4 - Collect the essays from your students.
    Note: All entries for grades 3-12 must be typed. Entries for grades 1-2 can either be typed or handwritten in neat legible writing, by an adult if necessary.
  • Step 5 - Review the Contest Terms & Conditions
  • Step 6 - Submit the essays from your students by Friday, October 13, 2017.

    All entries can either be submitted online at or via the U.S. Mail to the address below:

    American Freedom Essay Contest
    c/o The Constitutional Walking Tour
    P.O. Box 2066
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Please note that each essay entry submitted via U.S. Mail must also include the contest entry form (PDF format). Handwritten entries from grades 1-2 must be submitted in hard copy along with the contest entry form via U.S. Mail to the address above.

USE THE NEWS to prepare for the contest by finding an example of a freedom like Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Vote or Freedom of Assembly in The Philadelphia Inquirer or your local newspaper. Write how this freedom makes people's lives better.

Winners are usually announced some time in early December each year.

Previous Winners 
You can read previous years' winning entries in the American Freedom Essay Contest by clicking here.

Entries become the property of The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia and may be published. Please read the contest's full terms and conditions.

To sumbit essays online, please complete the form below. Alternatively, you can mail in your hard copy essay submission along with a completed entry form - Click here for mail-in details (PDF Format). For questions, call 215.525.1776 or email us at

Deadline for entries is Friday, October 13, 2017.

This contest is designed to encourage school children and their teachers to think about the American concept of freedom, and its value to them. People who like the idea sponsor it, generally, for their own children's grade.

Basically, you offer a modest cash prize for the best essay, and two finalists each receive a smaller cash prize. The winners and the school are presented with parchment photo-reproductions of the Bill of Rights, and the winning student's teacher gets a framed certificate of achievement. Every student who enters the contest receives a frameable copy of the Bill of Rights. The size of the award is entirely up to you. A grand prize of $100 and finalists at $50 each has met with very enthusiastic responses from schools. Give more or less as you see fit.

A distinguished panel of reviewers, assembled locally, performs the judging after the school itself selects finalists. A straightforward set of rules describes the student entry requirements, the judging process, and the prize awards. Prizes are typically given at an awards assembly, and can be tied to a meaningful date in the country's history, or as an add-on to a prominent event already scheduled by the school. Local newspapers are encouraged to publish the winning essays, and copies can be posted on the world wide web.

Students compete within their grade (the whole grade participates), working from a set of questions. They cover one, any combination, or all of them, in essays ranging from 350 to 1,000 words: 

What is freedom?

Is it important?

Where does freedom come from?

How free are we?

What role does government play in our freedom?

Are there threats to your individual freedom?

How can we preserve, protect and defend our freedom?

What are the long range prospects for freedom 
for your family, for America, and for the planet?


Schools benefit in many ways from participating in The American Freedom Essay Contest, and you are encouraged to consider this highly educational, strongly motivational, low-cost enhancement to the school year. 

Say yes and help encourage the vitality of freedom for all people!

The American Freedom Essay Contest. 
An idea with legs.


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