Define American

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  • American by Water, Blood, and Desire

    | Anonymous

    Most of my ancestors came to American by 1700. So you could say they were American by crossing the waters of the ocean. My grandfather always said, when our ancestors came across the ocean, the other half were here to meet them. This half were the Cherokee people who intermarried with them.

    Then during the Revolutionary War, many of my ancestors were patriots who pledged their blood for…

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  • Construction Workers

    | Anonymous

    I know many construction workers who came to America from Mexico. They are helping to build America, not blow it up! Wake up America! The majority of folks who get here want to realize the dream just like us who were born here. Stop playing God! There is enough success for everyone to enjoy. Let's share it :)

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  • In Memory of the Marches of May Day, 2006

    | Anonymous

    For my brothers and sisters who crossed desert sands To live in orchards and fields and work with their hands Making fruitful and bountiful this fertile land Asking only to be left in peace For my sisters and brothers who live in fear That an INS agent may seize someone dear And arrest and deport them for being here I pray that the violence might cease. A long time…

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  • As American As It Gets

    | Anonymous

    My family stems from a Dutch or German sailmaker, Charles Wilstach, who was in Philadelphia in 1780 for the first U.S. Census. In 2010, as a recently retired newspaper journalist, I helped take the 2010 Census. Because I had a few words of Spanish and no fear of anyone, I was sent to the Shelby County, Ala., trailer parks where pit bulls and drug dealers reside, to the Pelham…

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  • Excellence & Equity for All

    | Anonymous

    My grandfather was born in rural Mexico and came to this country seeking a better life. My father owned his own business and was elected to the local school board and my mother graduated from college after she raised her family. I had the opportunity to become a highly educated professional and my daughter graduated from Harvard and is teaching. It is clear to me, that America's economic, social…

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