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Jhonatan Lopez Ms. Mayers ENGLISH I 9 October 2018 An American identity is created through many things.The experiences of immigrants is important in society. Several authors and texts have explored this concept in American literature. These authors can uncovers the theme of identity through various styles and genres.Three authors who have written what it means to be an American are Anna Quindlen, John F Kennedy, Judith Ortiz Cofer. Each of these authors explores the theme of the American identity by focusing on specific concepts, beliefs and ideals. The texts may be from different viewpoints, but commonalities also exist. Each author and text capture the attention of audiences because of the unique way that it depicts what it means to be an American. One common concept of an American identity that is shared among all three authors is the importance of immigrants on the character of the country. All three authors presents the story of immigration around a similar theme of hard work. Anna Quindlen’s “A Quilt of a Country” examines the idea of hard work. throughout the text. For example, “There is that Calvinist understand in the american psyche that loves the difficult, demanding that sees mastering the impossible, whether it prairie or subway, us a test of character, and so glories in the struggle of this fractured coalescing” (Quindlen 15). This uncovers hard work because it doesn’t matter if you different you can achieve anything with hard work. Another text that depicts this facet of American identity is “The immigrant contribution” by John F Kennedy. Kennedy conveys when he discusses the hard work that the immigrants were doing in the country. The text states, “This could not have been done without the hard labor,the technical skills and the entrepreneurial
ability of the 23.5 million people who came to America in this period” (Kennedy 25). This

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