American Culture In America

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American culture is one of the most diverse and unique cultures in the world. American culture consists of a variety of religions, music, clothing, and races. “I Hear America Singing” is a perfect embodiment of Walt Whitman’s, and other early American poets’ feelings towards America. Whitman talks about how all men and women make up the American culture and partake in the American Dream. “The varied carols” of Carpenters, masons, boatmen, shoemakers, wives, young daughters at work all exemplify the American idea of individualism (Whitman). The American nation is based on hard work and self-achievement. This idea is marketed to the working class individuals Whitman outlines in this poem, as those people make up the majority of the population. This is evidence of the American Dream; “that every US citizen has an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative” (dictionary.com). This ideal has remained the same since the early ages of American history. Like all countries, there are a few major polarizing issues that really help to shape America. Slavery is an issue that has a major effect on American culture. Not only do white aristocratic men shape the country, but also those who are in the minority. At the forefront of the Civil War was the topic of slavery. The agriculture-dependent South was very pro-slavery, while the industry-ridden North was against it. “The Slave Auction” by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, describes
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