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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.
 



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