Essay About Being An American

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Many people have asked the question, and many others have been asked, ‘What is the greatest country in the world?’ Or, if you live in America, ‘Why is America the greatest country in the world?’ Many people answer this by saying things such as freedom, our education, diversity, etc., while others may say the people who live here, namely, Americans. Yet few are able to sufficiently answer the next question, ‘What makes a person an American?’ Many will say that living here makes you an American. Yet they seem to forget about the thousands, if not millions, of illegal immigrants that are living in our country. Are they Americans just because they are living in our country? Our federal government does not agree, which is why we have several laws concerning the deportation of illegal immigrants. Others, who see past the simple idea of living here as a means of being an American, may say that your characteristics help to define you as an American. Yet the most agreeable answer would be a combination of the two. An American would be someone who lives in America legally, and also holds within themselves various characteristics, which among these include an over-abundance of confidence,…show more content…
Josie Rhett explains that, “America’s bloodiest clash, the sectional conflict of the Civil War pitted the Union against the Confederate States of America and resulted in the death of more than 620,000, with millions more injured.” So it is clear that many men lost their lives in this gruesome war between the states. Women also played an important role in the civil war. Aaron Eriz points out, “American women during the Civil War played many roles. Before, during, and after the war, women’s lives told a vital and often heartrending part of the tragic American story.” The Civil War, in a sense, forced women into public life in ways they could scarcely imagine. Women played many roles and very important parts in the Civil

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