What is an American

Some say the stripes on the American flag stand for the 13 colonies and the stars stand for the 50 states of the union. However, the American flag also stands for much more. Freedom, civil rights, and equality are all represented by the American flag. So, what is an American? The usual response would be “a person who lives in America”. There is much more to living in this wonderful, majestic country than many people believe. This includes America’s vast history, American culture, and American lifestyle.
The actions of our forefathers made America what it is today. This is why the history of America is so important. Without them, America may not exist at all. It started on the early morning of November 9, 1620 when the Pilgrims arrived in Cape Cod. America was born when it was declared independent from Britain on July 4, 1776. Without the help of our forefathers, we wouldn’t have the rights and freedoms we enjoy each and every day. There is no way to fully show our appreciation for the soldiers and leaders who gave their lives so we could live this dream. However, the least we can do is to hang an American flag on the front porch or recite the pledge every day.
An American lives in a country with very diverse cultures and values. First, an American has many rights and freedoms. For example, we enjoy the freedom of speech, right to pray to any religion, and right to vote. These are the most important American traits for without them, we would be like any other country on earth. Second, we are a very diverse country. It is possible to take a walk and encounter people from all over. This lets citizens of America meet many different types of people and learn about their interesting backgrounds. Finally, an American citizen has a lot to celebrate for during holidays. Americans have the right to celebrate any holiday they desire, from Christmas to the Chinese New Year. The freedom to celebrate any holiday is one of the many reasons why it is the dream of people all over the world to live in America.
The American lifestyle is the dream of many people in third world countries for many reasons. First, the standard of living of America cannot be beat. The roads are great, the economy is fairly stable, and the country is technologically advanced. Children in America get a good education and never go hungry. Second, living in America is carefree. For example, there are no worries about civil wars, assassinations, or civil unrest. This makes America an ideal place to raise a family. Third, American lifestyle is very patriotic. Americans show their pride by waving flag and joining the armed forces. Other countries do not have citizens as patriotic as America does. Finally, there are also some ugly sides to the American lifestyle. For example, obesity is plaguing the health of children and adults. Also, Americans are very wasteful, since not many recycle or put things to good use. The American lifestyle isn’t without its faults but it is still a great way to live.
So, what is an American? An American is more than someone who lives in the US. An American is the Fourth of July, freedom of expression, and patriotism. An American enjoys freedoms and rights others can only wish for. As Lee Greenwood said, “There ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA”.

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