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The first recorded use of the word America appears on a 1507 map created by German cartographers Martin Waldseemuller and Matthias Ringmann, in honor of Amerigo Vespucci, an early Italian explorer of the Caribbean. The term American was subsequently used by European settlers to describe the indigenous inhabitants of the New World and then later, themselves and their descendants.

Ironically, although Congress granted Native Americans born in the United States citizenship in 1924, individual state laws prohibited most from voting, until 1957. African-Americans, brought here as slaves and enshrined by the framers of the Constitution as 3/5ths of a free white person, earned the right to vote in 1870 under the 15th Amendment, while Female-Americans only won the right to vote with the 19th Amendment, in 1920.

Of course, there are many other types of Americans, for example: my
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Not so long ago, if you loved baseball, mom, apple pie, pledged allegiance to the flag and hated Communism, there was never any question! Today, some patriots view taking a knee during the National Anthem as Un-American, while others believe it is their patriotic duty as Americans to demonstrate and exercise their right of free speech on behalf of those people treated unfairly. In fact, for many reciting the rarely sung second stanza of Francis Scott Keye’s National Anthem, they are surprised to find it strongly speaks out against those African American soldiers that had the audacity to fight for their own freedom during the Revolutionary War.

So again,what does it mean to be a true blue American? Like pornography everyone knows it when they see it, except for Neo-Nazi and tiki-torch carrying Klan marchers shouting slurs against minorities. So like any Scout or Good Samaritan, an American is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and that is what I believe exemplifies what it is to be an

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