We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site. Click here to find out more. Allow cookies

arrow Register here

Forgotten password?


  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Being American by tucsonmike on 15 June 2006 7:42am
I was playing around in one of the library magazine databases and came up with the following. I hope it explains what we Americans think we are about (in a perfect world).

For many, America is not just a place but a dream, an idea, an aspiration. For immigrants, it has long meant the end of suffering under tyranny; the hard work required to be a success here was part of their dream. For the thinkers and creators musicians, scholars, inventors, and innovators America has offered the freedom to explore their pursuits and take their ideas to the masses, and the hope of financial rewards as well. But America is also a landscape. By exploring uniquely American parts of our geography the Lower East Side of New York, in 1900 and in 2000; Coney Island, then and now; and Las Vegas, which is becoming an all-American city one can see into the nation's people and its soul, and wrestle with the notion of what makes up the American spirit.

  Reply to this post:
  Register here


Select a discussion theme.
Register (or log in if you have not yet done so).

To start a new discussion topic:

Write the name of the topic in the 'Subject' box.
Type your message in the larger box to contribute.
Click 'Submit'.

To join a discussion topic:

Click on the discussion topic of your choice.
Type your message in the larger box to contribute.
Click 'Submit'.

To edit your message:

You can edit a message at any time after posting it as long as you're signed in.
Click on the 'Edit your message' link above the message.
Make your desired changes.
Click 'Submit'.

If you find you don't want to change the message after all, click on 'Return without changes'.

To set a chatmark:

Register (or log in if you have not yet done so).
Click on the "Set chatmark" link on the Chatter Box pages. This will set the time at which you have logged in.
Click on the "Go to chatmark" link to see all messages posted since you set your chatmark.

You can set your chatmark at any time and as often as you like.