Who is an “American”

From 1865-present, the conception of who is an “American” deserving of the full rights of citizenship has changed over time. In this essay, we want you to review the answers you gave to the reflective questions and think back over what you have learned in this course. Also consider the historical context, causality, and change over time when describing thinking about changes in the definition of who is, and who is not, an American.
In your essay analyze how the definition of what it means to be “American” and the rights of “Americans” changed between 1865 and today.
Hint 1: Think broadly about what it means to be American first, then think on groups pressing their case for inclusion, while considering issues of ethics and civics. You must include social/cultural/socio-economic analysis in this essay. You may include political (but not required). What primary documents have you read that address these issues? Don’t forget the key individuals and events to use as evidence. Successful essays will consider a broad range of evidence in support of arguments.
Hint 2: You may wish to concept map or outline key issues first and then pull out your three strongest arguments to develop more fully in the essay.

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