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RE: Welcome to Week Two!
Timmy McCoy Email this Author
9/13/2014 10:33:07 AM
Professor Morgan and Class,
What does it mean to be American? When I hear this I think of freedom, to be who you want to be.
Here in America we have so many choices and opportunity's that other country's do not. The
american material aspect would be to own your home,business, vehicles's and nice clothes. The non-
material would be the freedom to be what you want to be. Freedom of speech, religion, able to
travel live where you want. I get so aggravated at times when people tend to judge someone for
having a great life after working hard. I myself grew up as a migrant worker from a family of eight
children times was tough but today I appreciate the values my family taught me.
Hard work and the
dedication to the American Dream will pay off.
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The "American Culture" David Smeed Email this Author
An excellent definition for the word culture
is “the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience,
beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations,
concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the
course of generations through individual and group striving” (Texas A&M University, n.d., p. 1). When
thinking about that definition as it relates to America, I find it contradictory to state that as
Americans we have a unifying culture (the “American Culture”) in which we all fall under.
example, I live in Gilbert, Arizona. The culture I am used to is living in a suburban middle-class
neighborhood, surrounded by farm land and Mormon temples. These are some of the defining
characteristics of the culture of Gilbert. However, that same culture would be the complete opposite
of San Francisco. I believe that what truly defines American culture is that there is no actual defining
culture for us as a whole. Every state, city, town and individual has their own unique defining culture.
America’s culture is about the opportunity for freedom of expression, individuality, and all of the
other components of that definition above. If our “American culture” wasn’t so diverse, then we
wouldn’t all need to take a class to learn about it!