For hundreds of years the United States has been attracting immigrants from a variety of different countries, races, and religions to come live in a land full of freedom and opportunity. These people were looking for more than just rights and privileges. Their real desire was to become something that depicts pride and honor, an American. Being an American means much more than living in the United States to me. It means to me having freedom of speech to express your own opinion, freedom of religion, and equality for all, including different sexes, races, religions and status.
But most of all it means having different benefits such as, being proud of the privileges we possess, it means a sense of pride for our country , and to be able to choose. First being an American means to me is to be proud of the privileges we possess because many other countries are not fortunate enough to have all these freedoms. Our freedoms are what set Americans apart from other citizens. Americans have the opportunity to acquire a good education and receive a satisfying career.
Apart from some countries, American people of all different races and religions can live and work together because everyone is allowed an equal opportunity. This is what being an American means to me. Next being an American means to me that we are united with a sense of pride for our country. All Americans should be proud of what the United States has accomplished. Our country has become a major influence to other countries. For example country like Korea, Japan and China all have things that they try to do the way we do here in America.
Our country is the most developed, wealthy, and most advanced country in the world. On the other hand, there are some barriers that divide the American people. But what being an American means to me is too able to choose, no matter who you are. A major dispute found among Americans is political issues. Some Americans may favor the Democratic Party as some Americans may favor the Republican Party. People will have different opinions on issues in their community, and this could cause friction or barriers between the groups.
A common example of this division is the ongoing dispute over prohibiting abortion. Americans are divided into two groups over this issue. Pro-life members believe abortion is a wrong and should not be done, and pro-choice members believe that the woman deserves a choice to keep her baby. Although it is very uncommon Americans can seldom be divided by religion or race, but this division is never an extreme occurrence or conflict. But all of this defines me as an American. I have the right to choose what every I want too no matter how others may feel.
Being an American has a lot of meaning to me, freedom of speech to express your own opinion, freedom of religion, and equality for all, including different sexes, races, religions and status. By studying our history we could get a better understanding of what being an American means to me. I think it is very important that all Americans study the history of their country because many important and altering events happened hundreds of years before we were born. All Americans should be reminded of what our country and its people have endured. After all the conditions we live in today are the effects of our past.