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By George I. Monsivais

Whilst the scoop media publicizes photos of Hispanic immigrants waving the flags in their international locations of beginning, american citizens ask: Are the immigrants putting forward a political allegiance or expressing a cultural choice? Monsivais addresses this query by means of first constructing minimal standards of being "American" by means of interpreting old and present literature and ultimate courtroom judgements; undertaking a secondary research of "The nationwide Latino Immigrant Survey" as suggested in New american citizens by means of selection (Pachon and DeSipio, 1994); and reporting the result of concentration crew interviews performed with criminal Hispanic immigrants. The findings reveal that total they're expressing ethnic/racial or cultural ideas and never political personal tastes.

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If however, there is only a limited connection or no connection between cultural and political loyalty, then abandonment of What is an American 27 native culture would appear to be an unnecessary request to make of new immigrants. Dahl is among the scholars who comments on the nexus between political culture and culture in general. Dahl expressed the opinion that political culture does not stand independent or unaffected by the broader culture of the people in which it exists (Dahl 1996, 3). With different groups having loyalties to various native cultures, a situation of hyperegoism might result.

To select a criteria which could never be achieved 42 Hispanic Immigrant Identity would a priori disqualify the population of interest and render this entire discussion meaningless. Carlson recognizes this problem in using ethnicity and race as criteria for being American. ” (Carlson 1987, 59). Kallen, in his work Culture and Democracy in the United States, concurs, stating that while “men may change their clothes, their politics, their wives, their religions, their philosophies, to a greater or lesser extent: they cannot change their grandfathers” (Kallen, 1924, 122).

There is no reason to suppose,” writes Gordon, that the founding fathers “looked upon the fledgling country as an impartial melting pot for the merging of the various cultures of Europe, or as a new ‘nation of nations,’ or as anything but a society in which, with important political modification, Anglo-Saxon speech and institutional forma would be standard” (Gordon 1964, 90). America was to be, per Gordon’s understanding of the founding fathers, a new AngloSaxon nation. 17 Armed conflicts arose as the United States conquered lands in its westward march.

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