Define American

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  • My Awakening to My Own Family's History

    | Anonymous

    I am very typical of the baby boomer Americans-mid-50's, born here as a third generation descendant of Italian immigrants, who I thought, like millions others believe, came here "legally". When in 2006 my family and I got tired of all the "immigrant bashing" in Georgia and decided to start a family initiative to welcome them to our communities (which quickly became a "movement"), I was surprised by the backlash…

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  • The Dream Continues To Be Woven

    | Anonymous

    As a child growing up in farm county in Santa Cruz, California, I saw the trucks carrying the "braceros" to the fields. We drove past the shanties fieldworkers lived in, saw their laundry flying in the wind, saw the cars lined up in the fields as people picked strawberries, harvested brussel sprouts and lettuce, all backbreaking daylong. I heard people on the school bus call their children "beaners."

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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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  • 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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  • Choice

    | Anonymous

    I was born a U.S. citizen. I was raised in the midwest and now live in the south. From my teenage years through early adulthood, I spent time working in Central American countries - teaching English at first and later working with NGOs on gang-related issues.

    One of the most bittersweet aspects of being an American is our freedom to choose. We are free to choose our beliefs,…

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