Define American

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  • Making American Inclusive

    | Anonymous

    To me, the issue of defining an American is inclusive. Anyone who lives in America, grows up in America, participates in American society or government is an America. For that matter, anyone who considers him or herself to be an American is an American.

    Unfortunately, as a nation we often define an American in an exclusive, rather than inclusive manner. We ask ourselves, Who is not an American?…

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  • A hard choice

    | Anonymous

    Four generations ago two German brothers Ernest and Herman, 15 and 17 years old, left everything they knew and everyone they loved in order to avoid the draft of the Germa army, and to find a better life in America. They stowed away on a ship, trekked across the country and then in 1893 took part in the largest land run in history. This sounds like a book or…

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  • A Matter of Faith

    | Anonymous

    My mother came here with $5 in her pocket. She believed that through hardwork, sacrifice, and a commitment to personal responsibility she would succeed.

    Every day she wakes up at 5 am and abides by those values, sometimes working two jobs to make ends meet and to provide a good education to me and my younger sister. After five years of separation, my mom decided that it was…

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  • Working for the Dream Act as an American Citizen

    | Anonymous

    my story; I am an American Citizen who worked for many months to help get the California Dream Act passed. I believe the "fence" needs to be redesigned to allow those who want to give their talents to America the chance to. Children should remain with their parents; and parents should be allowed to watch their children give back to what was given to them. If we, as a…

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  • Victor Defines American

    | Anonymous

    Victor is 19 years old and lives in the suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. He moved to the U.S. from Mexico 13 years ago when he was 6. Victor wants to be a history teacher.

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