Being a citizen

The writers we’ve read so far this semester have all struggled in different ways with feeling like an outsider in the United States, regardless of their citizenship status. In a 4-5 page, thesis-driven essay that analyzes these writers’ experiences, and possibly your own, answer the following question:

In your own words, and going beyond the technical or legal definition, what does it mean to be a citizen? You should come up with a few criteria or main ideas to explore.

Assignment ReadingsBrent Staples, “Black Men and Public Space”Claudia Rankine, “You are in the car, in the dark”Gloria Anzaldúa, “How To Tame A Wild Tongue”Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue”Jose Antonio Vargas, Dear America: Notes From An Undocumented Citizen

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