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Shannon McAllister Sept 13,2016 Claude Fischer in the essay “Sweet land of…conformity?”, asserts whether or not Americans are conformists. Whether we think on our own or basically follow what everyone else does. Claude supports his claims by comparing different situations on how Americans can or cannot be conformists. The authors purpose is to point out different situations throughout the years so that we can decide for ourselves whether Americans are conformists. The author writes in a formal tone for his adult audience. The question I was asked is “Whether or not I believe Americans are conformists?”. What I think about the story “Sweet land of…conformity?”, is I agree and disagree that Americans are conformist. Some Americans will follow or join a clan, group, or party. Americans joining, or should I say following other people’s rules and regulations rather than following what is right or in their hearts to do. Americans obey their religion policies, or church rules. Americans also simply follow the law. Marriage is a big thing, staying committed to that one person for the rest of your life. These Americans are conformist and there isn’t anything wrong with that.
America “The land of the free”, isn’t that what they say. Then there are Americans that will only obey what they believe in; their own beliefs, religion, laws, and community. They basically have their own mind frame on how they want to live their lives. These Americans see them self as rugged people who should live their life how they want to. Americans back in the day would be their own person “In the 60s saw themselves as heirs to the American tradition of self-expression”, used from the essay. They believed they were unstoppable.
I believe that its ok for an individual to be their own person, to stand up for what they believe is right and wrong. I believe that the government doesn’t run us and as Americans who choose whether or not we want to follow the laws, or do good by one another. I believe that Americans are more individualistic then conformist. My opinion is, Americans will follow their hearts rather they want to do the same thing day by day, or be their own person, break tradition. Example having a baby before marriage, in America communists that’s a big no no. People still do it, people still believe in what they want. So, yes I agree and disagree that Americans are conformists.