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CAPITOL REVIEW: What it means to be American


Last updated 9/16/2020 at 10:19am

One explanation for the contempt and polarization in our country is that many of us never learned what it means to be "American."

Unlike citizens of most countries, "Americans" do not fit a racial stereotype. George Washington said that Americans were "a new race," unlike any other. American colonists cultivated liberty and self-government. Immigrants came to pursue religious freedom – the right to follow their own conscience.

Immigrants to France or Germany or Russia can become citizens of those countries, but that doesn't make them French or German or Russian. In those countries, im...

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