Essay On Being An American

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To be an American

While most people outside America think that being an American is a privilege, I feel that to be an American, while it is beneficial, it’s not always what other countries think. Being an American means having more opportunities, it’s the most free country in the world and everybody wants that good slice of American pie. Other countries believe that we are the same country that was in our prime in the 1940’s and ‘50’s, but that’s not the truth. In June Carbone and Naomi Cahn’s article “From Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family”, and Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian’s article “The Color of Family Ties: Race, Class, Gender, and Extended Family Involvement,” they explain the changes of American life, what the new norm is, and what it costs
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Over the past three years, my dad has had unsteady and temporary jobs and he has a blue collar job. It only took him until this year to finally get a steady job, but it pays less. To get to the same paycheck as his pipefitter jobs, he now has to work to jobs, to earn the same pay. My mom on the other hand had worked at McDonald’s for about eight years and recently quit because the pay wasn’t enough, still. in society today “middle class” means stable or affordable. I’ve decided to make some sacrifices in my education choice to help my parents pay off the debt of my brother’s college education. My dad sacrificed his weekends and comes home at midnight just to pay the bills. I’m sure that Americans in the 50’s didn 't have to go through all this. Carbone maintains, “The hardest patterns to analyze are those of the middle class...This group was once associated with well-paying blue-collar manufacturing jobs, but manufacturing jobs are no longer numerous or distinct enough to define the group.” (Carbone & Cahn 79). They had more opportunities then, and it seems that there are less and less opportunities for Americans

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