Category Archives: Introduction to America

It’s Difficult for Americans NOT to Have America-Centric View of the World

Spending a few weeks in the states, I had to consciously fight against the mindset that America is the center of the universe. My experiences as a world traveler tell me that the US most definitely is not the center … Continue reading

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Cultural Phenomenon of ‘Hamilton’ Broadway Musical and Story of America

Hamilton received 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Details.

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American Character: Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good

Colin Woodard, a journalist and historian, offers an explanation of current political struggles in the United States with American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good. The independent streak found its most pernicious … Continue reading

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Only 15% of Americans Have Traveled Outside North America

Only 30 percent of Americans in 2011 had passports, and only half of those traveled outside North America, to places other than Canada and Mexico. While the percentages might have grown slightly since the end of the Great Recession, they … Continue reading

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Future Generations Will Not Identify With European Ancestry

As I look to the future, I can already see that the genealogy of my grandchildren and great nieces and nephews is amazing in its diversity. While I have identified my heritage as primarily Northern European (Scottish and English), that’s … Continue reading

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National Park Service Is 100 Years Old

This beautiful video makes you feel good about America.

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What Is A True Picture of America?

Living outside the US I am so appreciative of America’s strengths and don’t fully understand the sour negativism of the 2016 political campaign. I’m not even sure that the supposedly deep divisions within America projected on cable TV and social … Continue reading

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