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The United States was created by God as an asylum in which liberty opportunity and reward for achievement would prosper2 So goes the American Myth that attracted immigrants from around the globe to settle in this young nation in search of a better life than the one they left behind This myth was created by men like Toqueville whos interpretation suggests that in America everyone takes an active part in the government of society For certain groups this myth became a reality and a lifestyle but for others such as the blacks and the Native Americans the myth was a lie America has always been a pluralistic society broken into small groups with symbolic boundaries separating different sects Positively the pluralistic society allowed certain immigrant groups to remain affectionate and loyal to their ancestral religions and cultures and also to actively participate in American political life A civic culture developed in America under the guidelines of republicanism government through elected officials the eligibility of all citizens to participate in public life and the freedom to differ in religious and individual life European immigrants could become members of the polity on a basis of equal rights with native born citizens regardless of the country they came from or the religion they believed in While European immigrants were enveloped in the American myth and all this vast land had to offer two other groups blacks and Native Americans were not allowed the same opportunities The myth did not apply to Native AmericansIndians Indians were not encouraged to remain in touch with their cultural and religious roots the way other groups were The American government did not want the heathens to continue with their uncivilized lifestyle Consequently several programs were developed to help the Indians assimilate to the American way of life Once the Indians were pushed onto the least fertile land in the country tribes were divided up and individuals were given
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