What Does It Mean To Be An American Essay

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Courtney Lanham Eng Hon III 1/25/09 What does it mean to be an American? Rachel Lanham age:14 Freshman at Bishop Moore High School “What being an American means to me is that I’ll always have the freedom and the right to do whatever I want and I’m really grateful for it.” Mildred Diez age:43 Contractor from Central America “Being an American means you get the freedom of speech and you can get the opportunity to advance and makes your dreams come true.” Dorothy Lafata age:86 retired telephone company operator “What it means to be an American is to be able to come and go as I please, I can buy whatever I want, I can own a car or a house, I can vote for public officials, I can give my opinion and not be afraid to be murdered for it, and most of all I can be thankful I can get up every morning.” John Mattone age:52 industrial physcologist “What it means to be an American to me is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” Chad Corntassel Smith age:55 principal chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1999. Lives in Tellequah, Oklahome “As an American Indian, as an American, we are not a people of the past as movies portray and as often public memory recalls. We are truly resilient people of the future who overcome horrific odds and have a great wealth and knowledge to share.” Source: USAtoday.com Thomas Jefferson age:dead third president of the United States “Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.” Source:
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