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when he grew out of his current shoes and saved up for a pair! We also had a long discussion on material things not being as important as he thought. I am glad both my children attend Catholic Schools-at least we avoid the issues of the clothing trends! Donna Collapse Mark as Read RE: Welcome to Week Two! Howard Arnott Email this Author 9/10/2014 5:11:03 PM Hey there, I think being American means to be pretty much free to do many things that people in other countries may not be able to do, though that seems to be ever changing!
Howard Collapse Mark as Read 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. Timmy Collapse Mark as Read The "American Culture" David Smeed Email this Author 9/7/2014 2:02:32 PM 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. For 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!

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