Migrations fromdifferent countries led The United States of America to become a melting pot, apot which contains a variety of people and their cultures all around the globe.Therefore, their cultural development process in terms of art and politicsaffected the world and us itself. Throughout the history of The United Statesof American, there were many movies, singers and political events thatrepresented their culture to the world. But in this very paper, in terms ofrepresenting the U.S.
with its culture, I will point out the significances of themovie Saving Private Ryan, the singerLouis Daniel Armstrong, and political event The Emancipation Proclamation. American patriotism is Americanscultural attachment to the United States as their homeland. The freedom and thesafety of the homeland is the key figure in patriotism and in order to providea concrete security, a nation should have a strong army. This is the mainreason of why Americans feel attached to their army. As a movie, “SavingPrivate Ryan” touches upon the patriotic culture of the United States, StevenSpielberg as the director of the movie narrates a mission about saving anAmerican mother’s last child. Private Ryan’s other brother are all died in thewar, so it is important for the government to ensure Ryan’s return safely tohis mother. In the movie saving private Ryan, becomes such an important matter,even United States Army General George C.
Marshall rejects his advisors who aredepicting the dangers and low success rate of the mission by saying “If the boy’salive we are gonna send somebody to find him—and we are gonna get him the hellout of there”. As Fehlman states in WorldWar II Films and Patriotism in America “they were fighting for theircountry and were, in many instances, just doing what they were told” (6-7), inthe movie, we see that a group of soldiers under the command of Captain John H.Miller, and their obedience to their commander, the orders and the missionitself. There are many important singers like Jimmie Rodgers, ElvisPresley, and B.B. King, to represent and portray US culture; and Louis DanielArmstrong (aka Satchmo) with his own style of pursuing his art is one of them.
In the beginning of the 1900s, a new type of music was born in New Orleans. Sincethe New Orleans was a port city that brings people of different ethnic groupstogether in a harmony, it was a perfect spot to create a new genre of music. Armstrongwas also born in New Orleans in 1901, he had a tough childhood, especially afterhis father William Armstrong abandoned his family. In his youth, Armstrong was inpoverty, Morris Karnoffsky (the owner of the shop Armstrong was working), advancedhim some money to buy his first cornet. Armstrong used his very first cornet toattract new customers to the shop, and then in his eleven he dropped out ofschool and joined a band to sing in the streets for money. He served time in a houseof correction and improved his skills in music there.
After his release, heworked on a cruise ship to earn his living. Armstrong never left his stanceagainst harsh living conditions and he ended up as a famous man who contributedJazz music by becoming the first soloist trumpet player. Thus, he made a hugecontribution to Jazz music to become much more famous in the world. His self-made man type of living, his stance againstthe world, and with his “thousand teeth” in his mouth, he both lived andrepresented the American Dream. His songs like, “What a wonderful world” representedthe U.S. citizens optimistic point of view towards the world and nature.
In1863, Abraham Lincoln freed more than three million slaves by signing TheEmancipation Proclamation. It was not a law which is accepted by the Congressbut, Lincoln used his constitutional war-time authority to declare it. Althoughit did not end the slavery as a whole, it opened the passage to the 13thamendment, thus, the proclamation showed the Americans and the world that oneday, slavery can be completely ended. Therefore, Civil War’s purpose reshapedfrom preserving the state of the union to ending slavery.
As the United Statesconsidered as a Melting Pot, African-Americans are one of the ingredients ofthe soup in the pot slaves should have the equal right to the Americans. Suchan anti-slavery action by the powerful country of United States led people tothink about slavery all over the globe. To conclude,there have been a huge variety of political events, movies, and singers thatmay represent the U.S. culture.
Three examples which are given above are someof them, Louis Daniel Armstrong, posing as a self-made man, earned his life andcontributed to Jazz music with his own unique style to become a worldwide knownmusician. Saving Private Ryan as a movie depicted on national feelings in suchway that even people who are from another culture and nation enjoyed andexcited throughout the movie. And lastly, as a political event EmancipationProclamation represents the U.S with its importance in terms of freedom rightsand equality.