Define American

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  • I am a DREAMER...well almost...

    | Anonymous

    Meet Gabriela. A DREAMER... well almost... She missed the age-at entry requirement by a couple of months.

    After reading her story, don't you think she more than deserves a shot too?

    "I, Gabriela Monico, hereby declare as follows: My name is Gabriela Monico. I am a resident of California. I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. I came to the United States in November 2005 on…

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  • Done Dreaming

    | Esmy Jimenez

    My name is Esmy Jimenez. I was raised in a small town in Washington State known for agriculture and friendly people. I graduated from the local high school as the Senior Class President. I was in National Honor Society and enrolled in all the AP classes my school provided. I even ran on the cross country team and (attempted) to play tennis. On weekends I worked for a catering company…
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  • No Papers Necessary.

    | Anonymous

    My name is Pat. My first "American" family member got to these shores in 1621. His name is William Claiborne and there is a plaque dedicated to him in the church at Jamestown. However, the other half of my family is Irish. The Irish side of my family, while I am not certain, very likely arrived here without any papers since they fled here during the famine. So, in…

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  • I am an American, but I live in the shadows...

    | Anonymous

    In 1998, I met my immigrant husband in Chicago while I was in AmeriCorps and going to school. By that time, he had been in the US for almost 10 years--he had earned his GED, learned English, and moved up from his original position as dishwasher to become a kitchen manager. We fell in love. In 2002, we got married in his hometown in Mexico. We were told that petitioning…
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  • I Teach Americans. So What?

    | Anonymous

    While sitting at a scholarship pageant, I remember how an idyllic teenage girl explained that her dream was to become a teacher. I was a cynical teen in those days and so I rolled my eyes as her sweet, but very breathy voice tinkled the words, "I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way." I had to chew on the sides of…
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  • American by water, blood, and desire

    | Janice Hallman

    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 life, liberty…
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  • American!

    | Anonymous

    How would I describe what American means.To me its an honor.Its a bunch of immagrants who found a land and decided to make a better life for them and their kids.So the tracks have been layed,and years later here we are decideing,whos American and who isnt.Being American isnt something u decide to be but whats inside you.To built a better life for yours and to help make our country stronger,by…
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  • Applause for Angry America

    | Dee DeVille

    I am inspired by the bravery and activism of our young people. OWS is an exciting and rebellious movement not unlike a small nation 237 or so years ago who rebelled against King George and England. The greed of the American oligarchy and denial of the American Dream will not stand. The Angry Americans (OWS) have withstood assault, pepper spray, jail and humiliation, but they will not stop. Truly American…
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  • My America

    | Linda Henning

    My family has lived in America for many generations.Family and freedom are the most important things about America as far as I am concerned although I sometimes believe that we have lost many of the freedoms that we had when I was growing up.I grew up in and now live in the midwest.We were farmers,cattle-raisers and truck drivers along with other things We were never wealthy people but never worried…
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  • Immigration: Cuba to NYCity in 1946

    | Anonymous

    I was 3 when my parents emigrated to this country, with my grand-uncle's sponsorship from the USA. We had to go through tough physical exams, have a "sponsor" (who put money in the bank for us) and my father had to have a job and we also had to have a place to live. My grand uncle had left Cuba earlier and had paved the way for us to be…
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