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America: What It Means to Me

            This is probably one of the hardest questions I have been asked: "What does it mean to be an American?"" If we developed a survey and asked a hundred people to answer that question, we would certainly collect a variety of different answers. There is no single definition that can describe the "typical" American. It takes a lot more to present their real values and flaws. Even though, I am not an American, for this short period of time I have spent here, I think I am pretty sure what being American is actually about. "This nation has placed its destiny in the heads and hands and hearts of its millions of free men and women, and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God. Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose"" (Franklin D. Roosevelt). As Roosevelt says, everything in America is built on freedom, built on the idea of human rights everywhere. Ideas of freedom are what for years, not only soldiers, but all citizens of America have fought for. America is a lot different than other countries. It is made up of immigrants. It is made up of people whose ancestors worked hard to create this country. It was made up of nothing and became one of the strongest countries in the world. In America, there is a lot of freedom. People can choose what job they want, no matter of their skin color, gender or social status. When I am in America, even though I am not from here, I feel like I can do everything. Exactly that, idea of being able to do everything, idea of having a lot of opportunities in front of you is an important belief that makes Americans who they really are. .
             "America! From the other end of the earth from where I came, America was a land of living hope, woven of dreams, aflame with longing and desire"" (Anzia Yezierska). Every year, thousands of people go to America to chase their dreams.

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