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Why do the authors of Document 1 and Document 2 believe it is necessary to strictly define Americans, and promote efforts to assimilate, or “Americanize,” immigrants in the United States? How do President Theodore Roosevelt and Senator Smith’s arguments differ? Do you find their arguments persuasive? Why or why not? Based upon Document 3, how might Woody Guthrie respond to each of those proposals? From both the excerpts, it is quite clear that the authors stand on the same agenda of ensuring the individuality of being an American citizen, which should not be tainted by any means. In document 1 President Roosevelt clearly conveys the point that any person who is unwilling to give up their nationality and accept America as their country and let go of the country from where they came cannot be a 100% American. As long as they have ties to their countries they will not be regarded as a citizen of the united states. The similar kind of point of view is stated in document two but it focuses more on the image of an American to the rest of the world d. Roosevelt clearly wants an ideal image of Americans in the world which cannot be achieved if the immigrants cannot meld themselves in the image of an America. As a foreigner myself in the united states I personally don’t find their arguments persuasive for the very fact that I believe in the individuality of a person. Over the past 200 years America has blossomed and has become a garden with variety of flowers which is more radiant and if you just pretend the same garden with just one flower no matter how beautiful it is will never accumulate to the beauty and radiance of 100 different flowers blooming together. Woody Guthrie would defiantly have a negative response to both their proposals as it clearly shows from his poem, he wants everyone to enjoy their freedom.

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