The Defining Of A Nation Essay

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"My country tiss of thee, sweat land of liberty...." These words begin a patriotic song taught to many Americans at an early age. They are also a good beginning for this essay. To define my country in its entirety would take a life time, which would be an impossibility in this essay. But it is possible to give a few characteristics that, to me, provide meaning to my country.One of the greatest attributes of America is the people that populate its vast lands. From the beginning of America's young history, immigrants fleeing persecution, famine, tyranny, or looking for a fresh start at a new life flocked to the shores of this nation. Even today, thousands of immigrants pour into the land of freedom and opportunity so that they might have a better life that the one they left behind. The struggle for immigrants yesterday and today was and will never be an easy one. It is, instead, a long and difficult challenge that a great many will fail at. The fact that many early immigrants braved an unknown wilderness so they would have the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their ancestors gives the American people their character, thus giving a definitive character to the actual country. This bravery of early Americans has allowed them to triumph over tremendous odds. The courage of Americans was evident as they triumphed over the most powerful country in the world in order to free themselves from a tyrannical government and gain their independence. From the beginning, this nation's people have dealt with extreme obstacles. As each hurdle is conquered the people become stronger and are willing to face the numerous struggles that lie ahead. This is exactly what makes the people of this country strong and determined to succeed. Thus, we are a country destined, from the beginning, to succeed.Another important aspect in defining America is the government under which it has operated for the last two-hundred years. Compared to the history of the world; however, our government is still an infant. Despite this, the representative democracy, under which this nation operates, has been a model government for newly formed governments around the world. This may be due to the fact that we have become one of the most powerful nations (if not the most powerful nation) in the world. The Constitution of the United States has aided in sustaining the government and insuring the rights of its citizens. It has been the foundation of our governing system and has changed little over the past two centuries. Just as our independence was born through treasonous acts against England, so was this document born out of treasonous acts against the American...

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