Originally Posted 11/21/2014
AACS 8th graders are entering an American Essay contest "Why I am Proud to be an American." Here is one of the many outstanding essays written by our 8th grade class.
Why I'm Proud to be an American
There was a spark that was brought over to our country by the settlers. A spark that was ignited by the founding fathers, and a spark that went from flickering flame to the roar of fire that brought us to our independence. America was founded on dreams, hopes, and wishes, in order to form a more perfect union. Perfect may be something that we will never attain, but we fly as close to it as we can.
The United States of America was built from the ground up. It is seen as a utopia to the people many surrounding countries. The lengths that immigrants will go to trying to make it to America, the land of dreams, are insurmountable. People are risking their lives because they can see America, shining at the end of the tunnel.
There is always a chance, always a job. Hope isn't abandoned in America, it's found. America gives people the freedom to try and try again, and to fight for what they know is true. We the people have our unalienable rights and are protected in most everything that we do. It doesn't matter who you are. I am proud to have been born here, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. My future shines in front of me here, and I know that the American Dream is possible. I've witnessed it.
It doesn't matter how our country was built, on the backs of slaves or otherwise. It matters how our country was shaped, by the voices of Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King Jr., and the many more who knew that the wrongs that they saw weren't American. Slavery wasn't established in America, nor were racism or sexism. These were things that were inherited from other cultures. America was the one who severed them from our identity.
I am proud to be an American, because we are the land of the free and the home of the brave. Because of everything we've accomplished, I know that to be true.
By Grace Williamson