Unit 1: The American Identity

Essential Questions

  • What is an "American"?
  • How is an American identity created?
  • Why have people come to America, and why do they continue to come to America?
  • What groups throughout history have struggled with American identity or have been ostracized from the “American Dream”?
  • How do individuals reconcile conflicting values inherited from different cultures?
  • How has the sense of American identity changed over time?
  • How does American literature reflect and influence American society?
  • Why does freedom matter?