American Identities

Throughout its history, the United States has been home to a huge range of cultures, ethnicities, lifestyles, and alliances. Within all this diversity, how do groups and individuals define and express their unique American identities? Scholars of American Culture Studies discuss art, music, religion, the legacy of slavery, and more.

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September 17, 2013

"The Hood"

By CJ Harrington

Claude "CJ" Harrington is a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis. He wrote "The Hood" in response to Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays, by Eula Biss, as part of an annual essay contest sponsored by the university's First Year Reading Program.