Does the “American” change over time?
My answer to this question would be followed with an addition question: Has America changed over time?
I would suggest the answer to be yes.
Through my interactions with the older generation, I have come to discover that the thoughts, perspectives, and hopes between generations is extremely different.
Personal identity, regardless if it is associated with citizenship, race, age, etc is determined and molded by personal experiences. The experiences that the younger and older generations have faced have been completely different, therefore their opinion on what it means to be an American is different as well.
It’s important, I think, when considering such a topic, to acknowledge both generations; to take both the Civil and Iraq war, the technology of the computer and the technology of the iPod, the Great Depression and the current recession.