I cringe now at the thought of having to associate the term American with the United States. American seems to imply that only United States citizens deserve to be called such a word, but American is not a term that should only describe people from a country that has been the center of so many… Continue reading American? Maybe, I’ll have to check.
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
What does it mean to be an American? Well, if you ask my mom she will instantly point her finger towards me and say that I am the definition of an American because I am the first one in my family born in this land. Yet, even though all my family members have their citizenship… Continue reading Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness
We are all aware of the idea of The American Dream. A white picket fence, a spouse, 2.5 kids, and a dog to complete the family. And wealth, don’t forget about wealth. However, who is this American dream really built for? Benjamin Franklin wrote a piece entitled To Those Who Would Remove To America, that warned… Continue reading Am I An American?
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
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
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?