Define American

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  • Freedom and Liberty

    | Joshua W

    My family came to this country less than 200 years ago to escape the famine in Ireland and a British government that could care less if they lived or died. They were, and still are, farmers. America to me is simple: we have the right to do as we please as long as our actions don't get in the way of any one else's freedom. We are to question…

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  • To Be American

    | Jeff W

    My family came to America through Ellis Island in 1904. After many generations we've never forgotten why our family game to this country. To be American is to acknowledge that American Exceptionalism is not God-given but something we earn when we work hard, smart, and with unshaken integrity; when we show compassion and love to those different than us; and when we hold our leaders and institutions accountable for…

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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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