What it means to be an American

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For hundreds of years, people have been immigrating to the United States in search of freedom, better living, and the fulfillment of the American Dream. Members of all nations and religions had visions of economic stability and political autonomy, both of which were promised in tales of the budding country. “America represented liminality – a new world where [immigrants] could pursue extravagant urges and do things they had thought beyond their capabilities.” (Takaki 549). Although the first …

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…citizenship in the same country, that is a starting place.<Works Cited> (1)Blauner, Robert. “Colonized and Immigrant Minorities.” 1972.(2)Borman, Kathryn M. Ethnic Diversity in Communities and Schools. Stamford: Ablex Publishing Company, 1998.(3)Kallen, Horace M. “Democracy Versus the Melting Pot: A Study of American Nationality.” 1915.(4)Krug, Mark. The Melting of the Ethnics. London: The Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 1976.(5)Ravitch, Diane. “Cultural Pluralism.”(6)Schlesinger, Arthur. “The Return to the Melting Pot.” (7)Takaki, Ronald. “A Different Mirror.”