Ronald Takaki A Different Mirror

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American identity has been created by many events throughout the course of history. This country was founded on the clashing and mixing of many different cultures and lifestyles. One of the most important periods of time for this country was during the period of conflict between Americans and Native Americans over land rights. Americans had an idea of manifest destiny and that this land was theirs for the taking. The Americans were going to walk …

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…by the thinking of men centuries ago that there is a “us versus them” culture. Race still in this country is still the top factor in life. Riots and violence are fought over racial issues. The thinking that people in this land should be divided by color and class is based on what happened with the Indians. The actions taken in dealing with the Indians is what lead to the development of our culture today.