America is based upon the want for freedom and opportunity. Our freedom allows us to be diverse and be able to have and experience many different cultures, beliefs, and values. American culture is the composition of every culture in the world. American beliefs are in many different things, such as freedom, religion, and values. Some American values are equality, liberty, and self-government.

Culture is “the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.” Everywhere you go, within the United States and across the continents, you experience different cultures. When immigrants come into the United States they bring their culture and every single one of those cultures are combined to create what American culture is. “Nearly every region of the world has influenced American culture”(American Culture: Traditions and Customs of the United States). For example, language is a big part of culture and in America we don’t an official language and “almost every language in the world is spoken in the United States”(American Culture: Traditions and Customs of the United States).

Belief is what we we think or understand to be true without evidence. It is what we put our faith or trust in. In America, we appreciate our freedom of religion which allows us to believe in what we choose. For example, “ Nearly every known religion is practiced in the United States… about 71 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians… 23 percent had no religious affiliation at all and 6 percent of the population is made up non-Christian religions. We also believe strongly in our values.

Values are your standards or principles. Usually these are things you’ve grown up with. They’re what your parent or parents have taught you to be right or wrong. Some American values are individualism, privacy, equality, liberty, self-government, and time. For example, “They have been trained since very early age in their lives to consider themselves separate individuals who are responsible for their own situations in life and their own destinies”(Key American Values). Another example is the phrase “Time is money.” The commonality of this phrase proves that Americans strongly value their time.

In the United States, “there is a general practice of always respecting other cultures and people’s differences, especially when communicating and expressing your ideas”(10 Things to Know About U.S. Culture). American culture is all cultures combined. American beliefs are in freedom, religion, and in our values. American values are equality, liberty, and self-government..

Works Cited

10 Things to Know About U.S. Culture. InterExchange.

Zimmermann, Kim Ann. American Culture: Traditions and Customs of the United States. Live
Science Contributor, 2017.

Key American Values. University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1995.

Definition of culture.

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January 26, 2022 11:19 am

This is very informative.

October 11, 2017 5:02 pm

This post brings up some interesting topics about American culture. I know that many people say that Americans don’t have a culture, but I thought that it was interesting to read about how you think that the American culture is a combination of other cultures. When you said “American culture is all culture combined” I agreed with you. When I think about the people I know it’s almost like each family has it’s own culture that is slightly different and that makes up the American culture.

October 4, 2017 5:57 pm

This is an incredibly well done article on the subject of American culture. Your works cited is great. Besides being in proper form, it seems fairly well rounded and reliable. The InterExchange provides a variety of different opinions, while the university and Science Contributor guarantee that any points made off them are logically sound. Using a dictionary definition usually give a writer a good foundation to base the rest of the paper off of, as is the case with this article. It also helped your audience (me) to understand your argument for what American culture and beliefs are. Your argument calls back to the diverse people currently making a home in the U.S. and how they have collectively made the United States into a melting pot of cultures, with no one group of people dominating what American culture is. has a lot more on culture, if you’re looking for another site to get future ideas or information from. I look forward to reading more from you in the future; your writer’s voice is very cosmopolitan.

October 4, 2017 5:55 pm

This is a very interesting thing to be investigating. Most times when I think about these topics I just put them together, but the way that you separated them and went into detail about each one, and their different examples was smart and a good way of explaining them. This made me want to learn more about them myself. I found an article from USC,, which goes into what the definition of freedom is. I liked this one because it talks about the shifting definition of the word, especially throughout American history. Thank you for taking the time to research and share this topic. I hope to read more from you in the future.

October 4, 2017 5:53 pm

I agree that Americans cherish their beliefs and values. I think you stated the main ones people tend to “fight for” or care more about. With the increase of culture in the United States, I feel as if there are more subjects that people have started to focus on. I don’t think the increase of these other subjects is a bad thing, it actually has made us more aware of others lives. I enjoy how you speak of culture and how everyone is different. I think in our day and age it is important that everyone accepts the people around them no matter what their background is. Specifically, in our day and age we embrace other cultures, but tend to have a hard time giving equal opportunities. Your essay mainly focuses on what America is based upon, but the ideas that came to my mind is what we do with our particular freedoms. The link below shows the different cultures we have in the US and their beliefs.

October 4, 2017 5:52 pm

I think the way you went about writing this was really interesting. I think a lot of the time people don’t really consider the United States to be one of immigrants, but it is. We are all kinds of mixed from all different areas of the world. Even just looking at classmates in my school everyone is so diverse but still from the United States. For example, my mother is from Chile in South America and my father was born in the U.S. my mom and her family were immigrants that moved here when she was little. I have a mix of chilean culture in my life along with the Spanish language that comes with it. Have you thought about how we could really describe American culture? Yes it is a mix of a whole bunch of other ones but it takes some parts from different countries so how could we really express what American culture is. I found this article that may be interesting to you to look at. It kind of lays out a lot of our culture.

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