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What is an American This is a idea that has been pondered by many in the past Some consider an American to simply be anyone that has US Citizenship but in truth it is much more than this A true and idealistic American has many characteristics that distinguish him from other people around the world He is prideful in everything he possesses or accomplishes He full-heartedly believes in a free-market system The true American is very hardworking and competitive in everything he does but is also respectful of others and their beliefs while keeping himself informed about important issues and events These qualities constitute the ideal American and a model American citizen to others Pride in ones work and possessions is a vital part of an ideal American No matter what he does or makes he strives to be proud of himself in his accomplishments When the Eastern European immigrants arrived in the West in the end of the 19th Century they had little money and resources but were prideful in having and holding a job and place of living Jennings An American is proud of America above all else an idea well captured when president John F Kennedy stated in a 1961 speech Ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you can do for your country DiBacco et al 501 Not only are ideal Americans proud of their country but also protective We need something protecting our country and when that intercontinental ballistic missile is coming youll be glad that we have that shield Santorum interview Sometimes however with this pride come feelings that are detrimental to many people Manifest Destiny was the justification for taking the land from the native people and from Mexico clear across to the Pacific Ocean More than 10 million slaves were shipped to the new world Britannica 290 This negative pride is not a part of an ideal American who would not exploit other
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