Define American

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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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  • Northwest Yeshiva High School Defines American

    | Anonymous

    With my juniors, I'm teaching American Literature, and I realized very early on that I can't teach American Literature without getting to the heart of what that word "American" means. We did an exercise where I asked them what does it mean to be American. So if we stop being everybody, and we start being everybody except "blank," especially if "blank" is a particular shade of person, I think…

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  • Julie Erfle: What Makes Us American

    | Anonymous

    After my husband's death, many had hoped that I, a white, middle class woman, would heed the call for punitive and enforcement-only immigration policies. But that's a band-aid. One that fails to address the underlying problems, or offer any type of long term solutions. Instead it creates a wedge issue, one that encourages division, and fear, and myths, and shuts down the very dialogue that could bring about solutions.…

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  • How Jose Defines American

    | Anonymous

    I define American as someone who works hard ...who's proud of this country and wants to contribute. ...who's not a burden on anyone.

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  • The Edgar Brothers

    | Edgar Castro

    I wrote this to inform others about our story as immigrant students. This is the story of a journey to education of two Venezuelan-born brothers who aspire to finish college and begin their careers as professional individuals. Edgar Jose Castro Tello, 26, and Edgar Jesus Castro Tello, 20, both immigrated to the United States in 1999 with their parents Edgar Jose Castro Maldonado and Aleyda Walkiria Tello de Castro…

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