A Student of History

September 28, 2007

What does ‘American’ mean?

Filed under: The world today,What is History? — John Maass @ 6:08 am

U.S. immigration authorities Thursday unveiled 100 new questions immigrants will have to study to pass a civics test to become naturalized American citizens.

Here are a few of the test questions.

According an article, “Several historians said the new questions successfully incorporated more ideas about the workings of American democracy and better touched upon the diversity of the groups — including women, American Indians and African-Americans — who have influenced the country’s history.  Immigration officials said they sought to move away from civics trivia to emphasize basic concepts about the structure of government and American history and geography.”

A related article by Monica Davey is here

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