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What does it mean to be American What makes itAmerican And how does it make us American American standsfor the beliefs the music as well as the people that come from The beliefs of this great nation speak every languageThese beliefs stretch from the furthest reaches of Africa to thecity life of New York These beliefs are pride freedom andequality American means to be proud It means to stand up forwhat you believe in and to fight for it wholeheartedly Americanalso means to have freedom freedoms to do what you wish topractice your own religious ceremonies customs and beliefsWith these freedoms comes a responsibility a responsibility tobe accountable for your actions Equality is the basis ofAmerican society Before equality for all there was slaveryWith this slavery came accounts of cruelty and disillusionedviolence Without help from first hand accounts of slaves suchas Frederick Douglass and Olaudah Equiano we would have neveremerged from this dark era in American history American music is the envy of nations around the worldFrom Led Zeppelin to Snoop Doggy Dog American music continues todiversify and grow American bands develop large masses offollowers in nations of all different ethnic backgrounds FromAsia to Germany American music continues to influence the music Proud American men and women joined the armed forces toserve the country that they love and protect These people showwhat it means to be American Just as the colonists fought theBritish for Independence in April Morning they risk their livesfor something they believe in and cherish These same peoplealso stand for exploration and discovery The first white peoplelead by Captain Smith traveled to the newly discovered Americasto explore and colonize They show the American strength of To be American is to be many things It means differentthings to different people yet they all agree on the basicAmerican fundamentals The beliefs music and people of acountry define the essence of that nation
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