posted by Lily .
Here are some questions that I have to answer about the American Culture. Because I come from France and have been in the US for only 3 years, I don't exactly know much about American culture. If someone could help me answer the following, that would be really helpful :)
1) What is the meaning of the National Anthem?
2)What is the role of education in America culture?
3)How has the constitution shaped our country?
4)What does it mean to be an American?
thank you so much to anyone who helps
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1. Here's the history behind the National Anthem "The Star Spangled Banner:"
On Sept. 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key visited the British fleet in Chesapeake Bay to secure the release of Dr. William Beanes, who had been captured after the burning of Washington, DC. The release was secured, but Key was detained on ship overnight during the shelling of Fort McHenry, one of the forts defending Baltimore. In the morning, he was so delighted to see the American flag still flying over the fort that he began a poem to commemorate the occasion. First published under the title “Defense of Fort M'Henry,” the poem soon attained wide popularity as sung to the tune “To Anacreon in Heaven.” The origin of this tune is obscure, but it may have been written by John Stafford Smith, a British composer born in 1750. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was officially made the national anthem by Congress in 1931, although it already had been adopted as such by the army and the navy.
Now let me ask you, what does the "Marseillaise" mean to you?!!
2. Education in any country is an investment in the future of that country. You might understand all these questions better if you substitute France for America!
3. Constitutions are economic documents as well as political documents. This is certainly true of the Constitution of the United States. Our nation's founders believed that economic freedom as well as political freedom are essential for national prosperity and growth. Accordingly, they included numerous provisions in the Constitution that support and encourage the operation of a market economy. Thus, as the basic "law of the land," the U.S Constitution defines the essential features of our economy.
4. Because ours is a bond of principle and not of blood, true American citizens are made and not born. Whether born here or naturalized, freedom comes with obligation and each generation needs to understand the Constitution, Declaration of Independance, etc. Or, in other words, democracy is a work in progress!