Identity American English Essay

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The Identity American English What truly defines an individual and an American? The idea of what qualifies someone as an American is very vague and has been a highly contested. Eric Foner, in his article “Who is an American?” describes the idea of what qualifies a person as an American has varied for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, Foner describes how there was once was a time where the only people who were “Americans” with all privileges and rights were the white males. In James Baldwin’s essay “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is” explains how the English he and his people speak is what qualifies them as individuals. Baldwin makes the claim that without the language that they used to communicate with each other, their survival would not have been possible. In each of the essays, both express the ideas about how individuality of identity and arguing that the identity of a person is what truly gives the person their freedom and liberty. Eric Foner states in his essay, Americans’ often debated about the bases of our national identity actually ref...
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