Jose Benito Sanchez
The Great American Melting Pot
The United States is a diverse country, home to more than 195 nationalities (2010 Census). Founded in 1781 under the Articles of Confederation by former British colonists, the U.S. was established with the values of freedom and liberty, which has drawn people of all races and nationalities (Pillai). Less than a century after its inception, the country saw a boom of incoming immigrants from Europe. The influx did not stop there, and the U.S. continues to see the arrival of new peoples, which become integrated in its daily life. This has led to the country being referred to as “melting pot,” which is as true today as it was in the 19th century.
When walking down the street in any city in the U.S., it is hard to look around and not see someone of a different background, ethnicity, race, or creed as yourself. Disney’s Schoolhouse Rock states it simply in its song, “The Great American Melting Pot:” Our heritage is mixed…you simply melt right in, it doesn’t matter what your skin. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, or your religion, you jump right in, to the Great American Melting Pot. The founders of the United States where from England, and the country still retains many aspects of the British culture, most notably the English language (although it has varied throughout the years as it has become “westernized”). Colonists also arrived from other European countries like Germany and the Netherlands (Bryant). But from its roots as a conglomerate of British colonies, the country also has many other contributions to its dynamic and overall image.
In the 1500s, slavery began to take off as a worldwide enterprise (Bryant). Native Africans were snatched away from their homeland and brought to Europe to be sold as commodities, bringing with them their culture and fortitude. When the English established colonies in the Americas in 1607, they brought with them thousands of...