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Who is an American?

From Minneapolis Public Radio

Check out this radio program discussing what it means to be American and touching on the identity of immigrants in our nation…

St. Paul, Minn. — In his book “The Thirteen American Arguments,” Howard Fineman writes that only a nation of immigrants can argue so earnestly and endlessly about who can become one of its own.

In the first of a series inspired by Fineman’s book, “The Thirteen American Arguments,” Midmorning examines the nature of citizenship, national identity, and what it means to be an American with two scholars well-versed in the immigration debate.


Stanley Renshon: Professor of political science at the City University of New York and a certified psychoanalyst. He’s the author of 13 books, including “The 50% American: Immigration and National Identity in an Age of Terrorism.”

Bill Hing: Professor of law at the University of California-Davis School of Law. He is the author of “Deporting Our Souls: Values, Morality, and Immigration Policy” and “Defining America Through Immigration Policy.”

The conversation is a bit sprawling but worth a listen!

Click here to listen to the audio program.

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