Define American

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  • An American, Living In 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…

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  • I am American

    | Terri Holley

    I was born in America as were my parents and grandparents, before and long ago my family came to America from Scotland and Ireland for a piece of the dream. Whether we are better off for having done so cannot be determined, but it is clear to me that MY America has lost it's way where immigration and corporate influence in government are concerned. Very strange behavior for a…

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  • IN GOD WE TRUST , THE LOVE OF AMERICA

    | Anonymous

    I came here (02-21-1999) with a Visa (C9), and got married with kids. Anyways, my old lawyer in New Mexico got me a SS card and a work permit before I moved to Memphis and got a new lawyer, but he said he he doesn't think I can be an American Citizen because of my Visa, so I have to go back to Ghana. I know I'm not going…

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  • A Child of German Immigrants

    | Anonymous

    My family came to the U.S., from Germany, on the ships Winter Galley in 1738 and Molly in 1741. They came by way of Rotterdam, Holland to Deal, England, and arrived in Philadelphia, PA. I grew up in Union County, PA and many family members are living there. I just recently learned of my dad's side of the family ancestry through a family genealogy booklet that he gave to…

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  • I'm an American!

    | Anonymous

    A couple of days ago I asked my brother; "How do you define American" and he replied: "Being a human being." I laughed because in a way it was funny, but then in a way he was right. Being an American for me is not just loving being here or feeling to be part of America, but being considered as a human being.

    What I mean is to…

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