The Clashes In The United States Essay

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The Clashes in the United States The United States has become one of the most popular countries in the world. From entertainment to our way of life, many other countries envy our lifestyle. Nevertheless, we still have many internal discrepancies that the diverse cultures arise. Clashes are found in our politics, religions, poverty levels, and music. Compared to the 19th century and early 20th century we have come along way, but I am here to prove that our cultural lifestyles do not agree on many levels. Diversity in the United States can be a great benefit to our people. However, with diversity also comes misunderstanding, impatience, quick judgment, and prejudice. No matter where you go in the United States, there is diversity among the people.The culture of the United States originated from Western culture, and has been developing since long before the United States became a country. Its main early influence was the British culture, due to the early British colonies that spread the English language, government, and other cultural inheritances. Other major influences came from countries around the British; the larger numbers immigrated from counties such as Ireland, Germany, Poland, and Italy. The African Americans came over primarily during the slave movement from Africa, especially the western part. American culture also has shared influence on the cultures of its “neighbors,” like Canada and Mexico. The United States during the 19th and early 20th century has been known as a melting pot, but according to Wikipedia, “recent academic opinion is tending towards cultural diversity, pluralism and the image of a salad bowl rather than a melting pot.” So we used to have a bunch of cultures that did not get along with each other but we are slowly changing that. I like the analogy of a salad bowl because I picture a scatter of different types of

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