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    America Means Service

    When it comes to the concept of what it means to be American, rarely do people agree on one solid definition. According to Jose Antonio Vargas, author of My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant, being American is more than...

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    • Excellent article! You raise important issues at the core of the United States American dream. For instance, the contribution of immigrant workers.

      I agree with your assessment that hard work can be a criteria to judge an individual rather than where they are born. However, due to contradictions at the center of capitalism, it becomes difficult for poor working class people to contribute to a society that criminalizes many aspects of their livelihood.

      Nevertheless, what we often see, instead, as an example of the American Dream, are stories from the elites of the U.S. who are less eager to better society let alone better the lives of those they exploit to maintain and grow their wealth.

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  • Very interesting Essay! I agree with you that being American means contributing to American society. I also like how you incorporated multiple sources into your essay to give different perspectives on what it means to be American.

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