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Definition of an American: A Brief Glimpse of Patriotism

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In 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. was awardedrepparttar Nobel Peace Prize for his civil rights' movements. Still remembered for his poignant speech, "...I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live outrepparttar 132348 true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." Some of our American countrymen viewed Mr. King, not as a Patriot, but as a threat. In 1968, Mr. King was assasinated for his American Patriotism. Patriot or not?

Additionally, many American Patriots are still left unrecognized. Only in 1985, were African Americans even acknowledged for their service to our 'country.' As part ofrepparttar 132349 Human Goals Program lead by President Reagon did we first gain publication of African American Heroism...and patriotism. Most Americans don't realize that our own US Marine Corps barred African Americans from their service in 1798, but were good enough to serve otherwise. Moreover,repparttar 132350 American victory led by General Andrew jackson in New Orleans was greatly assisted by African Americans. In a twist of bittersweet irony,repparttar 132351 same African patriots who once helped in this great battle were not permitted to march inrepparttar 132352 annual parades celebratingrepparttar 132353 victory. Patriots or not?

What isrepparttar 132354 true definition of an American and Patriotism? What you have just read defines none and all Patriotism simultaneously. Is it love for country or love of a country's moral beliefs, policies and foundations? When one says, "I would die for my country," what exactly is he dying for?

Upon reviewing just a few brief glimpses of American history, one can summize that "Patriotism" is in fact, love for a country's greater good, or depending onrepparttar 132355 needs ofrepparttar 132356 particular group, their greater good.

Perhaps we shall never know what a real "American" is or what defines an act of Patriotism; however, I leave you with a quote from Pulitzer Prize-winning, American Novelist, poet and critic - Robert Penn Warren to embrace further: "A look atrepparttar 132357 past reminds us of how great isrepparttar 132358 distance, and how short, over which we have come. The past makes us ask what we have done with us. It makes us ask whether our very achievements are not ironical counterpoint and contrast to our fundamental failures."

Some thoughts to ponder.

Definition of an American: A Brief Glimpse of Patriotism by C. Bailey-Lloyd/Lady Camelot 2004 - All Rights Reserved Public Relations' Director & Staff Writer www.HolisticJunction.com www.MediaPositiveRadio.com

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References:

*Sam Houston State University www.shsu.edu/~his_ncp/AfrAmer.html

*Yahoo Encyclopedia - http://education.yahoo.com/reference/encyclopedia/entry?id=21620

*Meriam-Webster Online Dictionary - Definition of Patriot

*Great Native American Leaders & Patriots http://members.tripod.com/~RFester/chiefs.html

*PBS - The West - Sitting Bull www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/s_z/sittingbull.htm

*PBS - The West - Crazy Horse www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/a_c/crazyhorse.htm

*Tecumseh http://education.yahoo.com/reference/encyclopedia/entry?id=46517

*American Patriots information derived from several American history texts and websites.

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Definition of an American: A Brief Glimpse of Patriotism by C. Bailey-Lloyd/Lady Camelot 2004 - All Rights Reserved Public Relations' Director & Staff Writer www.HolisticJunction.com www.MediaPositiveRadio.com


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