Share Your Story - Define American

How do you
define American?

Is there a single definition?
Tell us what you think makes a person a part of this country.

Share your story:

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Tips for

Tips for

Please be respectful of others.

All posts submitted to must follow our community guidelines.

Ensure that you are in a quiet, bright room.

We must be able to hear and see you for your story to look and feel appealing. Write it down first. You may feel strong emotions, and your story may be complex, so you should write it down before speaking.

Speak from your heart.

Talk about your dreams, for yourself or your family. Talk about the challenges you face. Your honesty will make your video a success.

Be fearless. is an open storytelling platform. It is okay to disagree with people who use this website. Your response through your own personal life story is needed to encourage a mature, reasoned conversation about immigrants and citizenship in America today.


Important Disclaimer

If you are undocumented, Define American does not control your decision to come out (reveal your status) on this page. That is your decision alone, and a brave decision hundreds have made. Those under the age of 18 are directed to consult with their parents or guardians before posting. Define American certainly does not endorse one outing another, especially without their permission, participation, or consent. Nevertheless, any such decision is yours and yours alone, and Define American assumes no responsibility for any consequences.