The Influence Of American Identity In The United States

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To be an American in 2016 is to be very hard working, earning money to support yourself and your family. To be an American there are many things that come with it including the amendments. American Identity is how all of us hard working Americans live by. Based on course content, research, and interviews the American Identity can best be described as free, too much political involvement, and discriminating. To start with, what most people think when they hear the word America is land of the free.
First of all, I choose this topic because out of many others because this is the one thing that all three of my interviews agreed on. Freedom. When I interviewed Mrs. Nancy Forbes, she said,”To be American means that you live in the USA, believe in
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I chose this topic because when I was interviewing my three people, two of them agreed. However, Forbes had a very strong answer when I was interviewing her. I thought that she made a great point about having too much politics as a part of our American Identity. Forbes said, “Unfortunately, politics shape everything in the American Identity. We as a people are too busy trying to classify ourselves by republican or democrat, that we are divided instead of focussed, and unified. It has spit us as a people and reality is that neither party represents the ideals of democracy. They are too busy taking away our rights and freedoms instead of staying out of our personal freedoms.” This quote can be related to our course content because in this course we learned that parties allow us to pick a candidate in politics. However, from my interviews I can gather that it’s way too much involvement in our lives. From my research I found that “a political party is defined as an organised group of people with at least roughly similar political aims and opinions, that seeks to influence public policy by getting its candidates elected in public office.” However, a part of our American Identity is that politics play too much of a roll in it. This is only what the political parties are meant to do, but that’s almost how Forbes got her…show more content…
I choose this topic because when I interviewed immigrant, Kay Collins, her experience was full of discrimination. When I was interviewing her, I chose this because it really spoke to me about how this is actually a part of the American Identity. Collins said, “When I first came over to work most people were very friendly. The only people that would give me a ride to work were the African Americans. The other thought that I should’ve stayed in my country. Times have changed not though, that’s when I first came.” Collins came to America from Wales around the 1960’s or 1970’s. Even today you don’t hear about discrimination as much as you did, but it’s still around. In our course we learned that other immigrants were treated in similar ways when they came over in the late 1800’s early 1900’s. From my research I found that “When Italian immigrants began arriving in the United States in the late 19th century, they were met with prejudice.” The same thing happened to Collins when she came over to the United
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