American Culture Essay

(Part 2)


It states that our nation was formed under the ideas of freedom, liberty and equality. Lincoln points out that there were men that, “gave their lives that that nation might live”. In America, the idea of freedom is so important that they would give their lives to protect that concept.
A lot of American Fiction portrays our culture and beliefs. For example, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, shows how all people deserve to be treated as equals. One of the main characters, Atticus, is a lawyer in a town called Maycomb which is a very racist community. He agrees to help out a black man named Tom Robinson who is accused of raping a young white girl. Atticus has two children named Jem and Scout. The family is used to being around colored people because they have a colored cook named Calpurnia who is like a mother to them. In the end, Robinson goes to jail even though he was framed. Atticus taught his children, who watched the trial, that discrimination towards colored people will not get you anywhere and that everyone should be treated fairly to give you human goodness.

Music is another way that commonly expresses the American culture. American music demonstrates freedom of speech that is a basic right of all Americans. American music has no restrictions, censorships, or any restrictions on religious beliefs. In the song Jesus Walks by Kanye West, it says, “God show me the way because the Devil trying to break me down, Jesus walks with me”. In many countries, they cannot even mention that they are the religion that they are. In this music, they use profanity and mention walking with Jesus which could be against the law in some places. “We at war with terrorism, racism, and most of all we at war with ourselves” is talking about the problems that we have in America and that we can discuss freely and publically.

America was founded on the basic principles of liberty, freedom, and equality which are demonstrated through our culture through art, music, and literature. They have been demonstrated throughout these cultural elements for years. As Americans today, we still value these principals today just as much as we did 250 years ago.


Works Cited


Hancock, John L. _The Blind Side_. Perf. Sandra Bullock. Alcon Entertainment, 2009.
Rosenthal, Joe. Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima. 1945. Famous Pictures Magazine. Ed. John Bodkin.

King, Martin L. “I Have a Dream”. March on Washington. Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. 28 August 1963.

Lincoln, Abraham. “Gettysburg Address”. American Civil War. Soldier’s National Cemetery, Gettysburg. 19 November 1863.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1960.
West, Kanye. “Jesus Walks”. The College Dropout. Roc-A-Fella Records. 2004.



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