• Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, tells the story of how a young African couple and their son move to America from Cameroon in order to pursue their American Dream. Overall, this was an amazing book and it

    • Johnna,

      I really enjoyed reading your piece. It definitely made me want to check out “Behold the Dreamers.” My favorite part of your essay was the section in which you talk about how the book made you realize just how lucky you are to be an American. I had a similar experience when I visited rural Thailand. I hope that you keep writing about things that you experience connected with books. Your worldview is a brilliant one and I wish there were more people out there who realized just how lucky we are to live in the U.S.A.

      Thanks again!

    • Johnna,
      I totally agree with your ideas on immigration and the American Dream. Many native born Americans take for granted the opportunity they are given. Immigrants leave everything behind to search for a better life, and they see America as a shining land of opportunity. Your arguments are very well founded and have a lot of research to back them up. All in all, this is a great piece!

    • Johnna,
      I really enjoyed reading your article. I have thought the same things many times and agree with what you said about native born Americans taking for granted the privileges we have. I also agree that to many immigrants America is an escape from a dangerous life, however we are not the most welcoming and do not make it easy for immigrants. I think you have some great points in this article and I hope that by reading your article others will understand your point as well. Thank you for sharing!

  • Bailey, I agree with your point that the concept of American Creed is constantly changing and is very different than what it was in the past. Your piece is very well written and I really liked how you broke everything down while also making it very well organized. Good job.

  • To me being American revolves around someone’s family and also their freedom. I believe freedom and family are two very big factors that play into being American as well as equality. Family is the base of who we a

    • I agree with you that family is an important part of American values. Your statement of “. They make us believe we can be who we want to be and the freedom America offers enables us to pursue those dreams. ” is something that stood out to me, I think you’re right. One thing I would say is that a family is any group of people who love and care for one another, blood relations are important but they don’t make a family. I like how you included freedom as a main value.

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