Living To Blend In

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Living to Blend In In America today, our cultures are clashed and blended; there is not only one race nor is there only one religion. In other countries, culture does not vary to a great extent; everyone is the same. It is not only in today's society that America is a mixture of cultures, but people from other countries immigrated to the United States before 1860. Although it has been said that America is the land of freedom and opportunities, immigrants needed strategies in order to survive and stay on their feet. Immigrants had to play various roles, as if they were acting in a play t blend in with the rest of society. Although some of these strategies that these people used were failures, most of them seemed to be successful.

In the late 1800s, when many immigrated to the Untied States, people used strategies in order to survive every day life in America.

Strategies of the immigrants were very different from those of the Colonists. The immigrants did not wear the traditional garments of their homeland, but instead they tried to dress the "American style"� in order to blend or fit in. In the motion picture Far and Away, directed by Ron Howard, Joseph started to dress differently once he was used to the American lifestyle. When Joseph started to earn money through the start of his boxing career, he bough himself new suits and hats that only the rich would wear. People did not see him as an Irish immigrant, but as and American making is way to the top, one of their own. Immigrants also learned to speak English, and did not use their native languages in public. Some even spoke better English than the Americans. By the immigrants speaking English well, they could participate...