National Identity Persuasive Essay by cee-cee

National Identity
This paper looks at the issue of national identity and discusses the importance of national identity to the American people.
# 109967 | 2,200 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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In this article, the writer maintains that national identity should take precedence over other possible identities in the United States, because the United States was founded on the principles of unity and trust, and because if the national identity is not front and foremost in most people's eyes, civil unrest would erupt threatening the safety of all people living in the country. The writer notes that the United States is the only nation in the World to create a national identity, partly because the United States welcomes as its own so many people from different nations, of different cultures, and people that speak different languages. The writer discusses that the national identity that belongs to the United States is not one that is exclusive, but rather inclusive of all others. This is one reason the United States is a model of freedom for people throughout the world. The writer maintains that the democratic principles that govern the nation offer people of all languages, ethnicities, races and cultures to enjoy democracy and freedom for all, so there is no need for the people living in American to associate with any other identity than "American".

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Angelou, Maya. "On the Pulse of Morning," New York Times, January 21 1993, p. A14.
  • Huntington, Samuel. "The Crisis of National Identity". In, The Brief Bedford Reader, pp.330-35, by X.J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Jane E. Aaron. 2004
  • Korostelina, Karina. "The Impact of National Identity on Conflict Behavior: Comparative Analysis of Two Ethnic Minorities in Crimea". International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 45.3-4, 2003: p.213.
  • Martin, Scott C. "See America First: Tourism and National Identity 1880-1940". The Journal of Social History, 36.4, 2003: p.36.
  • Newman, Rachel, "The Day the World Changed, I Did Too", Newsweek, 1 October 2001, p.9.

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