Beliefs and values are often used by people to classify what, “makes you American”. In the United States we are known for having certain values and cultures. What could those be? People often hear freedom and equality used in everyday language. What I seem to believe is that to e American you must be or have D.E.F.I.T. Be diverse, have equality, freedom, informality, and be truthful.

Diversity is huge in America. Our whole culture is made up of different languages, foods, styles, holidays, and arts. I feel as though the saying “variety is the spice of life” applies very much so to our culture. Kim Ann Zimmermann, a Live Science contributor, says “more than 300 languages are spoken in the U.S.” (Zimmermann). America is also infamous for its many holidays, “celebrated only in the United States” (Zimmermann). These holidays are Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Presidents’ Day, Veterans’ Day, and the 4th of July. Many different aspects make up our culture and make the United States diverse and interesting.

Equality, freedom, informality, and truthfulness are all values that make being American exciting and important. “The American Declaration of Independence states that “all [people] are created equal,” and “Americans believe that all people are of equal standing” (International Student). We are known to be free and equal in the States and any American would believe and know this. Also we have been known to show informality to Americans and international travelers. “Americans are extremely informal and call most people by their first name or nickname” (Michigan), many people find this to be strange but in the U.S. it is more than normal, Americans tend to be laid back. Truthfulness is the last thing I find to make someone American. You will get nowhere by lying because eventually you will get caught. Being honest is key to living a great American life.

Our culture and beliefs bring our nation together and that is what America is, the union of people. Being American isn’t just living in America it is believing in your own ways. My ways of being American is to just be D.E.F.I.T.. What’s yours?




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October 8, 2018 12:25 pm

Hi Abbey,

I admire your American value acronym, it makes the rest of your argument more organized and flow smoother. Overall, I agree with your argument about diversity greatly. America is definitely one of the most diverse countries in the world, if not the most. Using the Declaration of Independence as backup for your argument was very important. However, recent and past events in this country could counter the argument if all people are created equal — racially and religiously. I agree that Americans are informal also. I believe that it is a very essential American trait and value. Americans are even informal in the way they dress, almost everywhere they go. I really enjoyed reading your argument, it made me look at American values and beliefs to a much broader extent!

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