Essay What Makes A Person An American?

815 Words Nov 17th, 2015 4 Pages
What does it mean to be an American? Is it determined by your physical appearance, like the color of your skin. Or is it determined by the origin of your birth? Many authors, especially African-American writers such as Alex Haley and Langston Hughes, have used their works to discuss what it truly means to be an American during their lifetimes. When writing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This was the first American thought. From that day on everyone that has been born in America has felt these words throughout their life at some point. What makes a person an American is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Life is the first key that makes a person an American. Life is a four letter word, but the meaning of it can change the world. Life isn’t just the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, or the existence of an individual human being or animal. Life is how you live. Life is what you do when you wake up in the morning, and what you do before you go to bed. When you are American you live you life in a certain way. For example, the American dream is all about becoming what you are destined to be. A way that is like no other, a way that full your life to it’s fullest potential. Being an…

Related Documents