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Do you agree or disagree that America has its own "unique" food and celebrations. Use specific examples to support your opinion.

Throughout history, America has been a land of immigrants. American has been influenced by many cultures from all over the world. This is why America has no set language or culture. I disagree, because America has its own unique food and celebrations, but rather it obtained it from other countries. Some examples of food is shown in Soul Food by Amiri Baraka “Deep fat frying, the Dutch found out in 17th century New Amsterdam, was an African specialty”(453). This shows us that one of the most traditional fast food restaurants in America originated from Africa. Another example would be barbeque ribs “also straight out of the South with the west Indians, i.e., Africans from farther south” (454). This also shows us that some traditional foods such as ribs were not invented by Americans, but rather from people of the south who originated from African and West Indians. This is going back to that the America is a land of immigrants and this influenced by the entire world. St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween are two examples of celebrations that did not originated in America. “St Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland. True, he was not a born Irish. But he has become an integral part of the Irish heritage, mostly through his service across Ireland of the 5th century”. St. Patrick’s Day originated in Ireland and due to all the immigrants it has spread from Ireland to America. This holiday is celebrated every year and it’s celebrated by many Americans, even those who are not Irish. Halloween “originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts”. Today Halloween is celebrated mostly by kids who dress up in customs and go from door to door asking for candies. Although both holidays have been modified by Americans it does not change the fact that they did not...
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