Essay about America Is A Single Country

816 Words Oct 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
In today 's society, it seems as if everyone has their own personal definition of America. Those personal definitions can range from praising American freedom and liberty to criticizing American government and scandals. In Webster 's New World Dictionary, America is defined as “North America, South America, and the West Indies, considered together; also the Americas” (20). Although those are indeed components of America, they do not necessarily define what the United States is. When technicality and opinion is put aside, it becomes clear to see what truly defines America: culture. It is a widely accepted concept that America is a “melting pot” due to the assortment of races, religions, values, and customs that have mixed together here. Almost everything that makes up the culture in America today originated from cultures that have developed in other countries. This cultural impact ranges from food to fashion to communication and affects every American in one way or another. Although America is a single country, its culture is an array of many cultures in which America is defined. " 'Culture encompasses religion, food, what we wear, how we wear it, our language, marriage, music, what we believe is right or wrong, how we sit at the table, how we greet visitors, how we behave with loved ones, and a million other things,” said Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London (Zimmermann). When it is put into perspective, the impact that foreign…

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