What does it mean to be an American?
By: Savannah Shiveley
For centuries of years the United States has been attracting immigrants from a variety of different countries, races, and religions to come live in a land full of freedom and opportunity. These people were looking for more than just rights and privileges. Their real desire was to become something that depicts pride and honor, an American. Being an American means much more than living in the United States. Along with the name come a number of different benefits such as, freedom of speech to express your own opinion, freedom of religion, and equality for all, including different sexes, races, religions and status. As Americans, we should be very proud of the privileges we have because many other countries are not fortunate enough to have all these freedoms. Our freedoms are what set Americans apart from other citizens and countries. Americans have the opportunity to acquire a good education and receive a satisfying career. Apart from some countries, American people of all different races and religions can live and work together because everyone is allowed an equal opportunity.
As a people Americans are united with a sense of pride for our country. All Americans should be proud of what the United States has accomplished. Our country has become a major influence to other countries. It is rising to be one of the most developed, wealthy, and most advanced in the world. Another quality that unites all Americans is its unforgettable and monumental past. Monuments, like the Lincoln Memorial, federal holidays such as the 4th of July, and historical landmarks, like war battlefields, are just some locations of a time or place that all Americans can share. These places and memories remind Americans of the struggle our country endured to gain freedom and the sacrifices important heroes made for the country. Another monumental thing in the past was the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the world trade center...
...What it means to be an American
The United States of America is a wonderful country where there is equal opportunities, rights and freedoms, and justice. America’s founding fathers like George Washington saw the potential of America being the greatest country of all. They created the constitution. The constitution created a stronger federal government and gave citizens rights. It wasn’t until 1865 that the United States Constitution ended slavery. America has prospered so much since then and now in the 21st century everyone wants to come to America where there is work and you can live a better life. Sometimes Americans take these rights for granted and end up in prison losing their right of freedom and close all their opportunities. Americans should cherish all their rights. I believe that an American is someone who has liberty, has opportunities to become successful, and can vote.
Can you imagine not having freedom or the freedom of speech and religion? In Saudi Arabia there is no freedom of religion their religion is only Sunni Islam. If you don’t follow their religion the people face limited employment and educational opportunities. Their government executed someone for charges of witchcraft. American’s have the right to practice whatever they want and this makes me feel happy to be an American.
My mother and father have taught me that if you’re a hard worker than you can...
American Literature I
What is an American?
When grasping at the facts of wisdom and how humanity plays a role in which we as human beings exist and act, we must question our infinite adaptability to the ever evolving changes and expectations of American society. Jean de Crevecoeur entries contained: “The most famous of these letters is the third—"What Is anAmerican?"—long considered the classic statement of this "new man": individualistic, self-reliant, pragmatic, hard-working, a stolid man of the land free to pursue his self-defined goals and, in the process, rejecting the ideological zeal that had racked Europe for centuries.(Morgan, 1992)” The new man is not a thing of the far past, even in today’s America people experience changes and fears that will encourage how they react and live, but is everyone all reformist does everyone all play a role in the social changes of society; or do they simply retaliate with resistance. Anne Bradstreet was a poetry writer that reflected on the cultural life of the Puritan women, and the resistance she feels of the expectations of their culture.
Anne Bradstreet wrote many poems that mostly reflected on Puritan religion, daily life, and her thoughts of the New England landscape. Most of her poems reflected on the struggles that she had will growing up. One of these resistances is her struggle...
8 September 2013
What It Means to Be An American
If you surveyed one hundred people and asked them the question “What does it mean to be an American?” Chances are you would get one hundred different answers. There is no definite clear-cut definition of an American. To solve this burning question, a lot of information has to be brought forward to the public regarding what is means to represent the United States as a citizen of the country. If one truly wants to know what being a true American exemplifies then they must go to limits beyond their deepest thoughts imaginable to find their answer.
Throughout my own personal experiences, I have concluded that no one has a concrete definition of the word American. The truth is that the definition is changing every single day. Most people believe that being a true American includes being a legal citizen of the United States, following the laws and legislation passed before us by our founding fathers, and believing in “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” In a sense, yes, this is a decent understanding of the word. It all just sounds very superficial and what a person expects to hear. Personally, I have a different take on the word American....
...Americans strongly affirm the principles of religious freedom, religious tolerance, and separation of church and state. Nearly 9-in-10 (88 percent) Americans agree that America was founded on the idea of religious freedom for everyone, including religious groups that are unpopular. Ninety-five percent of Americans agree that all religious books should be treated with respect even if we don’t share the religious beliefs of those who use them. Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans agree that we must maintain a strict separation of church and state. Americans’ views of Muslims and Islam are mixed, however. As with other previously marginalized religious groups in U.S. history, Americans are grappling with the questions Islam poses to America’s founding principles and way of life.
FROM A STUDENT ESSAY
To be an American to me means that we are free and are so fortunate to even have many of things that we actually have. We are fortunate to have a government where they look out for every one of us, and try to do what is in the best interest of our country. Being an American is awesome because we have a society that is willing to help people who are not as fortunate as some of the others. America is willing to help us and let us make our own choices, choose members of our own government that is going to protect us, and coming...
...Liberty for an entire country is what the people of America signed up for when the Constitution of America was written in 1787. Instead, everyone but Caucasian men got served a first-hand detour into oppression. Slaves, workers in harsh conditions, and women were just some of the few groups who had little to no rights. As time progressed into new eras, protests and movements took place for specific reasons. Thus, began the notion to equality and civil rights for all. One key concept remains the same at the beginning of American history and throughout it, though. The distinct uniqueness of an American personality is that they will always have to fight to accomplish their dream in a modern day society of biased opinions of what it means to be free and economic inequality that can put a strain on an individual’s dream.
“Freedom has always been a fundamental right and point of pride for Americans.”
The point in pride being that since the days of the American Revolution, Americans have been aggressive in their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. From the first inauguration of George Washington as our President to Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech” and the 19th amendment for women’s rights, a variety of crowds in America have faced the battle for freedom. Although society has reformed in many ways with our civil rights, subtext...
...into individual monomers, is called hydrolysis. This reaction involves the addition of water molecules which break the bonds between the monomers.
Answer the following questions based upon the reading above and your knowledge of organic macromolecules.
1. Name the four classes of organic macromolecules.
2. Macromolecules are made up of small building blocks called _____________.
3. Molecules made up of many monomers linked together are called ______________.
4. The prefix “mono” means “one.” Why do you think “monomer” is an appropriate name for the building blocks of macromolecules?
5. The prefix “poly” means “many.” Why do you think “polymer” is an appropriate name for a macromolecule?
6. The chemical reaction that occurs when monomers are joined is called ______________. What occurs during this type of reaction?
7. The chemical reaction that occurs when polymers are broken down into individual monomers is called ______________. What occurs during this type of reaction?
What it means to be an American?
I feel like generations before had a different definition of what it means to be an American. I feel like our grandparents and great-grandparents; whom were mostly immigrates set out to make a better life for generations following. They emphasized on working hard, owning their own homes, and building big families. There was a strong sense of community, and respect. Even though the core idea hasn’t changes much. Now, I feel as if America has turned into a country of arrogance, intolerance, and greed. Although, difference issues and situations have been worked through, there is still much work to be done.
The “founding fathers” of this country, had a different Idea of what it took to be an American. Through slave labor, prejudice, and an unjust government, things went bad quickly. Remnants of all of that still exist today. I think being an American should be about helping one another. Doing whatever it takes to make sure that EVERYONE’s rights are kept. For some reason, I don’t think this will ever come to be, when we live in a world where people fear what they don’t understand. Instead of a “live and let live” country, we have a government that constantly tries to dictate what we should do, because they feel they know what’s best. If everyone could focus on their version of the...
...Although some americans take for granted the oppertunities at hand, there have been several historical figures that know the true meaning of being apart of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, former president of the united states, said, "My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man." He also said, "The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission." Kennedy understood the true honor of what being an american is. There have been other presidents who know it too, such as Theodore Roosevelt. He stated, "I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” Even before America was formed, there were still people who dreamed of peace and equality. The men who put their lives on the line in order to accomplish their goals of having a country free of slavery and unjust treatment believed in their cause and in their leaders. George Washington, the general who lead the american revolution and the first president of the united states made a speech saying, "Our cruel and unrelenting Enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance, or the most abject submission; this is all we can...