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What Does It Mean To Be An American?

In this curriculum we consider the question “What does it mean to be an American?” through various lenses (e.g., American history, society, and ideology). 

This video features perspectives from U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Watch the video above and consider these questions.


  • U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush offered some of their reflections on what it means to be an American. Which of their comments resonate with you? Why? 

  • What do you think it means to be an American? What are one or two aspects that you think are most essential to being American? Why?

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