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Is there an American culture?

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If we define culture as the sum total of beliefs, rules, techniques, institutions, and artifacts that characterize human populations. And, that culture is learned and shared, its various aspects are interrelated and it defines the boundaries of different groups.

The United States is, with the exception of the American Indian, a nation built by immigrants. Due to this amalgamation of people the question needs to be asked, "Is there an American culture?".

How would you describe the "American" culture using the components of culture listed in the text?

(1) aesthetics, (2) attitudes and beliefs, (3) religion, (4) material culture, (5) education, (6) language, (7) societal organization, (8) legal characteristics, and (9) political structures.


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I cannot write a paper for you, but I can give you some outline points in each of the areas to start your assignment.

American culture is known all over the world, though it seems indefinable. There are three major ideals to the American culture:freedom, independence, arrogance. All of these are part of the reason so many people wish to move to America from areas that are oppressed.

The attitudes and beliefs are based on many different ideas, but they are refined and become part of the American attitude. Americans have the rights, no matter where they are, entitled to them through the Constitution. Fairness and supporting the underdog are two national attitudes. "United we stand and divided we fall" carries a lot of weight as well. Attitudes such as "we can achieve," belief in civil liberties, freedom of speech and to carry arms, to have things, to have a home, to be happy are all American. American beliefs include freedom of choice, though what choices are under debate in many areas. Other areas are the push of science, again as long as it does not interfere with the religous choices of people, and in many areas such as protection of children, elderly, animals, and species. Many believe in the ethic of hard work gets people the things they want. Americans are also proud of their accomplishments in science, history, math, technology, fashion, and the wide open spaces of the country. Americans celebrate ...

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A discussion on what is an American culture using provided list of attributes.