How Is One Considered An American?

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How is one considered an American?

What does it mean to be a citizen? What does it mean to be a part of a country? I believe that being a citizen is much more than just living in the same country for a set number of years. There are several ways that the word "citizen" can be defined. For example, individuals may say that when you do good deeds and make your country a better place you are considered a citizen. When you work hard to donate to your country you are showing that you believe in While there are other individuals believe that being a good citizen means portraying kindness, generosity, a helping hand; what some people may refer to as a servants ' heart. Of course, different countries will have different interpretations of
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We gained our independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. Since then we have solely on how we are going to remain a free country. After, we gained our independence we stopped viewing freedom as a privilege. We began to believe that freedom is a right we should be given if we live in America. Yet, we were still using slaves for many years after we gained our independence. If we would have put into consideration what the slaves felt about us (white 's) getting freedom, and blacks not getting the same freedoms, I feel like we would have changed our minds about how we treat them. Freedom, or maybe liberty, is considered an unalienable right, which means it is god given right. Freedom has shaped our country into what it is today. We have the freedoms to do what we want, when we want, how we want, etc., is what makes America different from many other countries. Patrick Henry says, "Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course other may take, but as for me, give it liberty, or give me death!" Patrick Henry was an orator during the 18th century that strongly supported the independence movement. Liberty is a major aspect of our country, clearly. Next, human rights are equally as important when you think of a citizen. Rights are one of the biggest parts of our country; some argue that they are what run our country. As Americans we have
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