In the early colonies freedom meant the ability to practice any religion one chose, and to be able to depend on themselves. With many early colonists having escaped oppressive upper class and religious discrimination, these basic rights were especially important.
Freedom during the revolutionary period was to have a say in government decisions. With the war against Great Britain, revolutionary ideals such as parliamentary involvement
Freedom during the writing of the Constitution focused upon Jefferson's writing of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
In early America, freedom was the ability to expand one's standard of living, especially with the concept of manifest destiny.