American Identity and answer the prompt: How has America historically identified itself? How have you come to understand the concept of an American identity? What social and historical factors have influenced mainstream definitions of “America”? How do you define the American National Narrative or American identity? How also have you come to understand the concepts of “Native American/American Indian,” and Chican@ identity and culture? If you are unaware of these concepts or perhaps how these identities are usually represented that is ok! Please think of this first required discussion thread as a “free write” that you would typically do in class on the first day. This exercise is not only to help you become more comfortable with the online discussion format, but also give you an idea of the types of critical response and dialogue with peers that I would like to see happen throughout the semester!