In the current political environment, the question “What does it mean to be an American” is one that really caused me to think and reflect deeply. And while some are vowing to “Make America Great Again”, I think there are already a number of things that already make America great and make me proud to be an American. Early on, our founding fathers suggested through the Constitution that at its core, what it meant to be American was simply “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
American Exceptionalism What is American Exceptionalism? This was a phrase I was not familiar with until I listened to the podcast, “City Upon a Hill: A History of America Exceptionalism” by Back Story with American History Guys. American Exceptionalism is the belief that America is special because of our history in our democracy, individuality, and geography. Also stated in Back Story, American Exceptionalism argues that we are unique for we are a god-given place in the world. The term was used optimistically by Americans.
The chapters of our textbook, America: A Narrative History, written by George Brown Tindall and David Emory Shi, takes us on a historical yet comparative journey of the road to war and what caused the American Revolution, an insight into the war itself, and a perception to what life was like in America after the war was over. The essays of the book, America Compared: American History in International Perspective, collected by Carl J. Guarneri gives us a global context and a comparison between the North and South Americas in the dividing issues of labor, slavery, taxes, politics, economy, liberty, and equality. Part One These chapters in our textbook Tindall describes; the road to the American Revolution, the road to the surrendering of the British, and the road to the American colonists receiving their independence and developing the government which the people of the United States will be governed by. The road to the American Revolution consisted of several events, which escalated to the war that began April 19, 1775, as the tensions between the American colonies and the British Government advanced towards breaking point.
When asked what America means to me, I think about the historic events that led up to make America great, such as the Declaration of Independence and Veterans Day. These two events influence the America I believe in. I believe this because if we didn 't have these events take place America wouldn 't be where it is right now. I 'm going to be talking about why these events have given my opinion on the America I believe in. I hope you can relate to
What is the American culture? How does the government influence the culture? The American culture is defined by these characteristics; life, unalienable rights, freedom, the pursuit of happiness, liberty, patriotism, political parties, race, gender, and many other things. The government influences this culture by choosing what is imported into the
In Barack Obama 's speech he reminds us that “alongside our famous individualism, there 's another ingredient in the American saga, a belief that we are connected as one people”. This piece of evidence suggests that we are independent, but we are also all one whole group. in Barack Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech of 2004 he claims that “we are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America” Obama is saying that we as Americans all have one common purpose; to defend our country together. Finally, the American voice is characterized as diverse.
The first part of Tocqueville’s definition of exceptionalism is liberty. Liberty is defined as “The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority,” and liberty has always been a defining factor of American values. Liberty has constantly been present in America but with the start of the new millennium liberty was threatened like never before. September 11th started the decade of unrest and challenge of freedom, President George W. Bush said to congress after the terrorism act that “freedom itself is under attack” and under attack it was. To protect the citizens of the United States, the congress issued the Patriot Act on October 26th, 2001 (Duignan).
Have you ever wondered why American Mythology became so popular in the United States? Mythologies were important during this era because it highlighted the nation's values and ideals. It also celebrated its heroes. As the United States began to break away from Britain, they wanted to feel a sense of independence. In the story “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving, a national mythology is created through the experience of the, the main character, Rip Van Winkle.
We made the flag as a sign of us and our freedom that we got from the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There are thirteen stripes which symbolize the first thirteen colonies. The fifty stars on the top left corner symbolize the fifty states of America. We are a great country because we love our country and the people who live in it. I hope that in the future, the world and our country will become a better and safer place.
There are several similarities and differences between the American and Haitian Declarations of Independence. The Haitian Declaration of Independence seems to focus primarily on freeing themselves from the French’s influence and slavery. Several times throughout the document, the French are referred to as a tyranny. It is very clear that the new Haitian government wants nothing to do with the French. In fact, they want to “wash away” all memories of what life was like with the French in power.
This essay seeks to argue that David Archard’s definition of patriotism is far more beneficial to a nation’s growth when compared to Simon Keller’s definition of patriotism. I will begin by summarizing the definition of patriotism according to Keller. This will inevitably lead into an analysis of his definition of “bad faith”, and how this comes into fruition. I will then explain the contrasting argument presented by David Archard in his essay “Three Ways to be a Good Patriot”, exploring the idea of the patria. I will conclude by stating my personal views on patriotism, expressing which type of patriot I believe contributes the best to the well-being of compatriots and a nation’s future.
Argumentative Essay; American Founding I believe we should continue learning about our American Founding. They have taught our present founding not to make mistakes that our ancestors have made. I believe it is also important to know how our nation came together. Lastly it seems necessary to learn about them so we can keep citizens’ rights. Learning the Founding Fathers mistakes of the past have made us a better world today for the people.