What does it mean to be American?

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Learning to Love America

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Born in Malacca, Malaysia in 1944, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim was raised by her Chinese father and emigrated to the U.S. as a young woman. The author of several books of poetry, short…

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Of the Sons of Master and Man

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Although he wrote during the early twentieth century, the racial issues that NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois explores are, sadly, still pertinent to this day. In chapter 9 of his…

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Song of the Shirt, 1941

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Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), founder of the Algonquin Table (an influential group of New York City writers, critics, and actors that met for lunch every day at the Algonquin Hotel) and…

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In Search of a Majority

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Reading

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James Baldwin was born in 1924 in Harlem and was a novelist, essayist, playwright, and civil rights activist. In Search of a Majority is an adaptation from an address Baldwin…

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Second Inaugural Address

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Reading

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After a bitter conflict, how does a leader reconcile the former combatants who must now somehow peacefully coexist? American president Abraham Lincoln attempts to do just that in his Second…