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UTx OnRamps US History Big Ideas AMERICAN IDENTITIES What does it mean to be “American?” While grounded in an enduring mythos of individualism, American identity has also been constantly reshaped by conflict over which voices should matter in policy and cultural debates, and ultimately, who is and is not American. Throughout this course, you will study the efforts of various individuals and groups to shape and redefine American identity. LABOR AND TECHNOLOGY The history of American workers is closely bound to advances in technology. As you learn about the origins and conditions of American workers, think about how their conditions have been advanced—or harmed—by the emergence of new machines, technologies and industries. AMERICA AND THE WORLD Once on the periphery, the United States has claimed an ever-more important role in world affairs. On the strength of its economy, military, and cultural influence, the United States became the world’s first modern “superpower” after World War II —a status it would enjoy for the rest of the 20th century. America’s growing

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