On Assignment: What is an American?

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One of the assignments I’m working on now is attempting to answer the following:

What is an American?

Actually, it trying to answer it in a round about way. As you know there are some assignments I can’t completely tell you about because I don’t want another taking it before it’s published. But this one trying to answer an aspect of this question.

What is the definition of being a citizen of what is the greatest nation on the planet? (Some of my British readers will disagree with that statement, I’m sure.) Is it military service, becoming educated, a constructive member of society, the pursuit of happiness?

It’s an interesting question to ponder in this age of NSA leaks and Edward Snowden. However, I want to focus more on the cultural aspect. What is the American culture? Who belongs in it and doesn’t?

Tell me what you think in the comments below.

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