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  • America from the Greyhound Bus

    | Leah Kovitch

    My name is Leah and I am a 17 year old American girl living in New Hampshire. This summer I discovered something profound about my country in an unusual way, when I decided to travel across the country by Greyhound bus. I traveled, beginning in New Hampshire and making my way down the east coast, across the South, through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally reaching my destination in…

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  • America(ns)

    | Anonymous

    I am an American in this country. And this country was founded by people seeking religious freedoms, and by immigrants. The earliest americans came here without permission seeking a better life for themselves and their families - just like the people that come here today. I know this because I am married to one - though it is so expensive to try to legalize my husband that we choose…

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  • Empowering My Peers

    | Anonymous

    They say the promise of equal opportunity remains deep in America's heartland. I am part of the sixth generation on my family's dairy farm, carved from the Wisconsin wilderness in 1850 by my German ancestors. They, like other immigrants lured by fertile soil and opportunity, had a dream. In the United States, the right to higher education equips men and women of every race, ethnicity, religion, and social status…

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  • My Mom, War Hero

    | Liz Hrenda

    Mom arrived in New York from Holland at 2 years old with her parents and brother. She became a nurse. Like many immigrants, in WWII she volunteered to serve. In the Army Nurse Corps, she tended to wounded soldiers and the survivors of the Holocaust at Ebensee prison camp. She was awarded the Bronze Star for dedication to her patients when her field hospital was bombed. She's on the…

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  • Child of Immigrants, Sharer of Opportunity

    | Anonymous

    My father and my father-in-law were both born in Germany. My mom and mother-in-law were both born here but there parents were Slavic immigrants. As children my husband and I were taught that with hard work we could achieve anything so he became an attorney and I became a teacher.

    In my public school job I taught English to Mexican immigrants. Now that I'm retired I have a…

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