American Essay Topics

Postmodern tendencies in American TV

Television scholars have observed that in the past twenty years American popular television has undergone a major transformation in style and form. John Thornton Caldwell uses the term televisuality to signify a development in the images running through the small screen. Such a shift in form and presentation developed alongside contextual factors. Caldwell explains his… View Article

American Interventions Since World War Ii

Since 1940, the United States has a long history of foreign interventions, long since leaving behind its former isolationism. Its motives have included the urge to fight fascist aggression, the desire to contain communism’s spread (and protect American economic interests), and preserving American access to plentiful Middle Eastern oil. Before December 1941, much of the… View Article

American Imperialism After 1898

Soon after its swift victory in the Spanish-American War, the United States increasingly conducted itself internationally like a world power, particularly in Asia, where key American possessions and economic interested were located. Despite long-standing desires to stay aloof from foreign affairs, the United States increasingly intervened abroad. In eastern Asia, the United States quickly began… View Article

American History Since 1877

While it may be the case that a popular and misinformed view of the entry of the United States into World War Two has displaced that of historical accuracy for the majority of casual observers of history, those with a deeper immersion in the historical facts recognize a more complex and perhaps more profound set… View Article

The American economy

The American economy in in a very good state at present. Unemployment for 2006-2007 was lower than at the same points in the previous year. The quarterly GDP rate rose during 2007. No recession has occured nor is there a sign of one despite the recent credit crunch. If there was a recession, the easy… View Article

Urban exploration and the American culture

Urban exploration is a common phenomenon in American culture. Urban exploration has been commonly defined as the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of human civilization. It is likewise generally referred to as infiltration. In this sense, some people consider infiltration to be more closely connected with the exploration of active or inhabited… View Article

Ethnography on Middle Class American Male

Two centuries ago leading white, middle-class families in the newly united American states spearheaded a family revolution that replaced the premodern gender order with a modern family system. But modern family was an oxymoronic label for this peculiar institution, which dispensed modernity to white, middle-class men only by withholding it from women. The former could… View Article

American History X

American History X is a film that centered on two brothers and how their lives changed when their father died. The story revolved around discrimination and racism. But most importantly, the movie emphasized the capability of an individual to change. The main character, Derek Vinyard, transformed into a racist when his father died “in the… View Article

American Political Thought

United States of America has one of the unique political systems in the world which has also proved itself as one the successful political systems in the world. The roots of this political system are not only based on historically conflicting process but also it advocated the emergence of American identity as its main focus… View Article

As an Hispanic American

As an Hispanic American, born in Brooklyn, New York and with relatives still living in Puerto Rico, the topic of Ellis Island holds a great deal of interest for me personally. First, because of my heritage, the idea of people coming from other nations to build a new life in America is very interesting and… View Article

“A &P” dreams

The play “Fences” by August Wilson and the short story “A&P” by John Updike focus on the lives of the parents and their sons. The dream which a son aims to fulfill in his life is far different from the dream his father had held throughout his life. In the play “Fences”, the dream of… View Article

American Barbeque

Lucille’s Smokehouse Restaurant prides itself in having delicious American barbecues and beloved dishes. The restaurant that started as a family business now became a blooming chain of restaurants in the United States. The business has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Lucille Buchanan enjoyed her grandmother’s barbeque when she was a child in… View Article

American Cabinet Positions

The United States President’s official family, consisting of several cabinet secretaries, has been on continued attack for its apparent wealthy composition. This is because majority of the appointed cabinet secretaries came from the corporate world. As a result, their obligation to society and the Americans was compromised due to a conflict of interest between the… View Article

American Literature

On learning that his gay lover “Prior Walter” was infected with AIDS, Louis Ironson being unable to cope quits the relationship. Joe is offered a good promotion by fellow homosexual and lawyer “Roy Cohn”, unknowing to Joe, Roy has AIDS, which he contacted from Prior. Angels and ghosts visited Prior and told him he was… View Article

American life

Who says grabbers are only for narratives? Some of the best expository pieces start out with sentences that capture the readers’ attention. The authors from different literary genres give their own attention grabbers to make their pieces more attractive and more suspense from the beginning up to the end. According to Ruhanie Perera (2007), “Each… View Article

Leadership Imperatives in the Arab-American University

Leadership in a school of higher and advanced learning such as the Arab-American University requires collaborative and confrontational challenges with a number of issues, typical but not limited to that of any educational institution. Such issues as cultural diversity, inclusivity, intellectual activities such as research and instruction, social involvements such as community extension services, students… View Article

American History

Thomas Jefferson is considered to be one of the most beloved figures in American History. As part of an elite group of men known as the ‘Founding Fathers,’ he played a pivotal role in formulating the principles and ideals that serve as the foundation of American liberty. While his place in history was secured through… View Article

American citizens

Ten years from now American citizens will still get their news from paper newspapers; However the American public will be making use of the Internet and online news and would have done so more and more over the past ten years. The physical version of the `paper’ will still be in circulation, as people would… View Article

Foods representing American

The United States of America is a melting pot of different ethnic cultures and hence in that respect is considered to be one of the most diverse countries in the universe. The cultural cuisine is marked by the influence of different cultures and is difficult to actually say which one stands out to be a… View Article

Foreign Born American Writers

American literature has changed and evolved from the early colonial days to develop characteristics that are unique and which identify it from other literary works. Several writers have contributed to the development of American literature. Some of these writers immigrated into the United States and their works were accepted into the American literary canon. Some… View Article

What was the American Dream in the 1940’s?

In the book Epic of America, James Truslow (1933) described the American dream as “…dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement… It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages, but a dream of social… View Article

The American Electoral System

The American electoral system is essentially based on political efficiency and partial representation. Political efficiency may be defined as expedient balance between imminent interests. Partial representation means instructional politics. These two principles govern the interest-aggregation process, and in general, political dynamics in democratic countries. Background At the Constitutional Convention, the Virginia Plan was used as… View Article

The American Culture in Me

In many languages culture usually refers to art, music, history, and literature. In the United States, these would be viewed as the results or artifacts of culture. Our definition of culture is much more anthropological. In American English “culture” simply means the way of life of a group of people passed down from one generation… View Article

Cultural experience in American

With the diversity of American culture alone, it is inevitable that I will be able to come into direct contact with the culture of others. I have come to realize that my response to these cultures, that is, how I judged its moral weight, appropriateness and meaning is highly influenced by my own previous cultural… View Article

Dream Boogie

In “Dream Boogie” Hughes writes about the frustrated African-American dream of self-creation and self-expression. The dream is “deferred” (line 4) — that is, it is not allowed to materialize. Also evident is the sense of psychological homelessness — the African-American individual, unable to find a cultural and psychological reference appears to wander aimlessly in an… View Article

Culture of Cherokee American Indians

Scholars differ on where the Cherokee subculture came from and when they arrived on their traditional lands in the Southeast. The archaeological record of human occupancy of the Southeast goes back to at least 10,000 B. C. (Muller, 1978, p. 283; Canouts and Goodyear, 1985, p. 181), but this does not mean the Cherokees, or… View Article

Crevecoueur’s – What is an American

Crevecoueur, in his essay ‘What is an American’ attempts to carve out a unique identity for the ‘American’, an identity that would unify the dwellers of this sprawling country under one roof while at the same time it establishes its differences from Europe from where it derives most of its numbers. Crevecoueur describes the country… View Article

Kindred: A neo-slave narrative

Often, man resorts to story-telling as a way of reconciling with a formidable incident in the past. By re-telling the story to another party, he comes to accept that this is a reality to be faced. He realizes that acceptance, rather than denial, is the best way of going about this trouble. Aside from the… View Article

American Ways

The author is was once a foreign student advisor and he puts forward various ways of adjusting to the new environment in America. These pieces of advice are directed to foreign visitors who come to America from all walks of life. The article has an objective of helping the visitors to understand the attitudes, communication… View Article

American novel

Inspiration is something that some people have difficulty finding, whether to write the great American novel or simply to get out of bed in the morning. Creative inspiration is much more delicate a subject, as when one does not feel the desire to create, the product most often suffers greatly. However, for me, creative inspiration… View Article