American Pluralism

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Do Americans need a common identity? The idea of a “common identity” for Americans has been a controversial one throughout history. It’s mostly based on the issues of assimilation and pluralism. In his article, “Nation or Notion”, Patrick J. Buchanan embraces the idea of assimilation and an “ethno-cultural core”. Emphasizing on the idea of a common creed, rather than a link by blood. Michael Walzer, on the other hand, emphasizes the idea of pluralism in his article “What Does it Mean to Be an “American”?”. Pluralism emphasizes the idea that Americans embrace their other identities, instead of assimilating together to one identity.

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