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What does America mean to you?

Updated on June 24, 2016

York, ME


I love America

I love America. I love its diversity, its beauty, its contrasts, its citizens. What I love most about this country is its freedom of speech. Being able to say what you want, when you want, how you want, and where you want, is your right. Whether you state your disagreement on Facebook, tweet a provocative article, have a healthy debate about who is the greatest athlete while having coffee with your friends at the local coffee shop, you can say or write what you want.

America is

America is a combination of cities and small towns, skyscrapers and country ponds, rich and poor, conservative and liberal. It is white, black, Asian, Indian, and every other nationality. It is a tapestry of Judaism, Christianity, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Wiccan, the right to worship the religion of your choice. Or, no religion at all.

Orange, MA


Chelsea, MA


A nation of choices

We have the freedom to agree, to disagree, or to not care at all. We have freedom of speech. You can say what you want. Others can listen or tune you out. We are a nation of choices.

Melting pot and tossed salad

America is an experiment of democracy. Some say it is a melting pot. Others say it is a tossed salad. Its culture is expressed in its foods: hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, blintzes, hoagies, crab cakes, lobster, bagels, Vegan meatloaf, lasagna, cannolis, falafel, souvlaki, schnitzel, and spaetzel. American food is Chinese food, Italian food, Thai food, and Japanese food. It is fast food and gourmet cooking.

American food map


Borrowed words

American English is a language of borrowed words. Yacht is a Dutch word, shampoo is Hindustani, karaoke is Japanese, robot is a Czech, deja vu is French, kaput is German, omsbudsman is Swedish, dinghy is Sanskrit, algebra is Arabic, chowder is French, kowtow is Chinese, and canyon is Spanish.


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