What does it mean to be American?

"America" Home and Abroad

eyes on america

The American Studies program challenges students to view the United States and themselves from various perspectives.

What then is the American,” French immigrant Hector St. John De Crevecoeur asked in 1782? “Here individuals of all races are melted into a new race of man, whose labors and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world. Americans are the western pilgrims.” Over 200 years later, we ask ourselves the same question. New immigration laws, homeland security, and globalization have changed the concepts of the New World, American Dream, and melting pot championed by Crevecoeur. What, then, is America? A nation or hemisphere? A dream or reality? A melting pot or fenced border? A homeland or global presence? A democracy or empire?

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Angela Hudson

AMST Faculty Focus

Angela Hudson

Click for a description of Professor Hudson's new book, Creek Paths and Federal Roads: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves and the Making of the American South here