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My American Identity

by William McGaughey


Part I       Confused about who I am

Chapter 1       Am I still an American? - 860 words

Chapter 2       Some types of American identity - 5,987 words

Chapter 3       Finding the best model - 2,558 words

Chapter 4       Like a twin brother who went the other way - 3,694 words


Part II       Some history to explain the current situation

Chapter 5       How black Americans won over white society - 4,009 words

Chapter 6       Falling into a racial hell-hole - 4,487 words

Chapter 7       Echoes of Communists in Hollywood - 5,747 words


Part III       Identities based on ethnicity and class

Chapter 8       Race and ethnicity - 5,996 words

Chapter 9       Middle-class identity and Revolution - 4,147 words


Part IV       Can I be myself or do I need to be taught?

Chapter 10       Authentic Identity - 4,056 words

Chapter 11       Education and Identity - 5,750 words

Chapter 12       Jewish Religion - 8,853 words


Part V       How we can put our identities on a better foundation

Chapter 13       Defining our identities - 6,649 words

Chapter 14       Building a stronger personal identity - 8,320 words

total - 71,113 words



“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease ...
What is commonest, cheapest, nearest, easiest, is Me.”

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass


See some of my American heroes.


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