American Identity

Dreaming in Red, White, and Blue

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2117662_2117682,00.html “In Europe it(nobility through birth) has indeed its value; but it is a commodity that cannot be carried to a worse market than that of America, where people do not inquire concerning a stranger, what is he? but what can he do?” -Benjamin Franklin, “To Those Who Would Remove to America” The idea of identity… Continue reading Dreaming in Red, White, and Blue

American Identity

Started from the Bottom: The American Dream

Being an American is synonymous with having opportunity. A natural born American does not earn the right to opportunity; it is simply granted upon birth. This  theoretical ability to change one’s circumstances allows for the economic mobility that America prides itself on. Compared to the United Kingdom, Americans are less dependent on the income of their parents to… Continue reading Started from the Bottom: The American Dream

American Identity

When You Try to Write A Blog Post About America: All The Feels and Confusion Are Real

The American identity is one fraught with conflict. As children we are taught America was settled by friendly looking pilgrims who sought shelter from religious persecution. Thanksgiving is the holiday we celebrate to commemorate the Native Americans and pilgrims getting their grub on because they were happy they did not die. Then we enter college… Continue reading When You Try to Write A Blog Post About America: All The Feels and Confusion Are Real

American Identity

Is America living up to People’s Dreams?

Being a first generation American born citizen, I strongly identify with the place I grew up in and with my parents’ cultural background. Being American is not as simple as being born in the soil, but accepting or assimilating to its customs and beliefs.  I believe that respecting the diversity in other cultures and practices… Continue reading Is America living up to People’s Dreams?