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American Identity by Jenna, Elizabeth, Jasmine, and Alicia

Our curation project shows the different values that makes up American identity. We are a hardworking people who strive to achieve our dreams, but also have downfalls and need to focus on acceptance.

Shameless: TV Show

Shameless: TV Show

The popular television show, Shameless, is a dark comedic take on a family of seven living in poverty on the Southside of Chicago. In the show they portray the entire family using drugs, drinking and doing other illegal illicit activities that are typically deemed as immoral. Despite all this, the characters, while not all following conventional paths, all strive to become happy and make something out of their life. For example, the oldest sister, Fiona, is left by her two dead-beat parents to take care of her six other siblings. She gets overwhelmed and ends up almost costing herself her family. However, she overcomes her background and the way her parents raised her and doesn't let it define her. She becomes successful, getting a job at a restaurant and able to care for her family. Another example is the second oldest in the family Lip. He has the persona that he doesn't care or give a crap about anyone or anything, but is secretly a genius. His teachers keep pushing him to go to college but he says he doesn't want to. He ends up getting into a college on a full scholarship. He was given an oppurtuinity for an education, despite where he's from and how he was raised. American success can mean many different things. For some people, it came mean being a CEO of a corporate business. For others, it could be becoming a vet and saving animals lives. For this family, all they want is something to get by and able to feed their family, and through this perserverence, hard work, bravery and dedication, we see true American values and Identity

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Meryl Streep powerful speech at the Golden Globes (2017)

Meryl Streep powerful speech at the Golden Globes (2017)

Meryl Streep's speech at the Golden Globes is a controversial one, but it reminds of us what America represents. It is a society of people who join together from all over the world under the one common name "American", that does not wish to alienate or exclude people, and is not afraid to speak up. America was founded on a country of opressed trying to escape their oppressor. America's beginning as an outspoken people who stand for justice has remained a vital part of the American identity.

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#EmergingUS: Diversity is our destiny, but how do we talk about it?

#EmergingUS: Diversity is our destiny, but how do we talk about it?

"As we celebrate our country's birthday, let us also acknowledge that the country that declared independence in 1776 does not look like the country we live in today."
Our American identity is something that is defined by those who are a part of it. This piece shows how the “American Identity” has been changing overtime because of the people who now live in the country. It is important to acknowledge the fact that the values we have are able to change as society as it progresses.

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La La Land (film) - Wikipedia

La La Land (film) - Wikipedia

La La Land shows the American value of hard work and sacrifice. The two characters in the novel fall in love, but both have aspirations to pursue which leads them both in different directions. They sacrifice their relationship for the chance to pursue their dreams, which they both achieve. While falling in love they put each other first, but at the end of the story they regain their sense of self. Falling in love gives them new hope, but along the way they defer dreams for each other.

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Big Daddy With Hats by May Stevens | Paddle8

Big Daddy With Hats by May Stevens | Paddle8

This picture relates to American identity because today across the world, especially in the United States, people recognize our police officers as brutal and racist. They have an identity that they show the world, and then an identity which is true to their values and beliefs. The picture shows the different identities the police officer has by the different styles of hats. The police hat represents a fair, just protector of our country, and the KKK hat represents a racist, unjust human who is unshaken in their "American" values.

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