What It Means T Be an American Essay

756 Words Jan 31st, 2002 4 Pages
What does it mean to be an American?

Many people dream about being an American. They dream because they envision America as the land of peace and prosperity. But is it? At times it has been, and at times its not. It is hard for the United States to be correct all the time because they have been unwilling designated as the "World Police". Throughout history there have been examples politically, economically, and socially, where being an American is rewarding and times where it is embarrassing. To be an American means progress. We evolved from a world ruled by white men to a world of equal opportunity. Politically the United States has had its ups and downs. The Watergate scandal could be considered a moment of disgust. On June 17,
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The United States at first treated African-Americans unfairly and used as slaves. They treated like them like property instead of humans. When the Jim Crow Laws were established in 1881 (the first one) one would be embarrassed to be an American. These laws that stated "Separate but equal" were ridiculous. If they were equal why did they need to separate everything? Separate trains, bubblers, and bathrooms, come on now is this necessary? The case was the same for women too. It was not until certain amendments and acts were passed that women had any rights. But now socially one could not be prouder to be an American. Now any race, sex, or religion can get a job with equal opportunity. In many cases women are higher up the ladder in some work places. Economically was the last area the country progressed with over time. Economically the United States had its highs and lows. One would have not wanted to be an American during the time period of the "Great Depression". The depression lasted from 1929-1940 and brought hard times for any family across the continent. In Midwest families who relied on farming were hit with sudden and drastic economic droughts known as The Dust Bowl. Along with the depression came unemployment and sent the United States into a tailspin. These rates of unemployment were at all time highs. These times were as hard as they get if you are American. Although they developed programs to help people in the depression rebound from
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