What Defines Us as Americans

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Anthony Smith
Mrs. Williams
U.S History
March 16, 2012
What Defines Us as Americans??? Over the years there have been many events that have taken place. These events not only affected the people and the world of the present at that time, but also the future and even the way things are today. Knowing this we must ask ourselves what defines us as Americans? There are series of events that all together add up to define us as Americans such as, the Constitution, Westward Expansion, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. What do you think defines us as Americans? The Constitution states “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common …show more content…

When the U.S admitted Texas to the union the Mexican War was started and upon victory the U.S gained control of Texas, New Mexico, California and the entire western land to the Pacific Ocean after Oregon land was annexed. By the early twentieth century, the organization of the West was completed, and the United States consisted of all 48 contiguous states. This was a major part of defining us as Americans by setting the tone for our 50 states we are allowed to visit and/or live

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