What features of the bald eagle made them accept it?
The bald eagle was chosen because of its majestic beauty, great strength, long life, and because it is believed to only exist in America. According to President John F. Kennedy “ The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird symbolises the strength and freedom of America” . Although the eagle was already chosen as the symbol of America, there were some people who thought that the bald eagle was the wrong choice. Benjamin Franklin writes to his daughter: “I wish that the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country, he is a bird of bad moral character. Besides he is a rank coward. He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and honest. . . of America.. . . For a truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America . . . a bird of courage.”
Maude M. Grant believes, “At one of the first battles of the Revolution (which occurred early in the morning) the noise of the struggle awoke the sleeping eagles on the heights and they flew from their nests and circled about over the heads of the fighting men, all the while giving vent to their raucous cries. "They are shrieking for Freedom," said the patriots.
Thus the eagle, full of the boundless spirit of freedom, living above the valleys, strong and powerful in his might, has become the national emblem of a country that offers freedom in pace of the future.”
In conclusion, the bald eagle was chosen as the emblem of America for its majesticness, bravery, independence and freedom. So, if you ever see an bald eagle flying around, consider yourself lucky because you’re staring freedom right in the face.