Americ A Melting Pot Essay

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America is known as a melting pot, this is where all kinds of different cultures come together and feed off of each other’s differences in order to find one’s own sense of self. They are surrounded by different languages and cultures every day but yet some young Americans still cannot identify different countries or oceans on a map. Douglas McGray effectively uses statistics, appeals to history, appeals to fear, and irony in his essay “Lost in America” to persuade educators in America to put emphasize on diverse cultures and languages in their learning curriculum. McGray uses many statistics in his essay to validate his points. Using statistics shows that he knows what he is talking about when it comes to this topic. It shows that he has done his research which increases the likelihood of persuading his readers. He states that “In California… more than 1 in 4 of the state’s residents [are] born outside the United States”(McGray 351). He uses this statistic to show how many different cultures are in America, emphasizing how easily Americans can access other cultures and languages and incorporate them into their everyday life. This also makes the reader question the reasons why Americans do not take advantage of this and learn from others. He also persuades readers of the importance of expanding their knowledge of other countries by pointing out that, “In West Virginia… local businesses did more than $3.1 billion in foreign trade in 2005… 75 global firms created more than…

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