“There are no Confederates in this house; there are no Confederates anywhere; there are no Confederate schemes, ambitions, hopes, desires, or purposes here. But the South is here, and here she intends to remain.”
—First Lessons in Georgia History, 1913
In the latest essay project they were asked to explain what it means to be a Georgian and an American, but if they were born in another state to please explain how their home state might have affected their identity. They were asked how their immediate family has affected their identity. They were asked how they’re personally changing their identity. And how about your heritage? How has your family’s heritage effected your identity … or not?
Debbie says she enjoys talking back to her parents and no one has affected her identity one bit. Debbie also included a picture of her mother and father and brother and her brother was holding their dog. They looked real happy.
Petal says she wants to move away from America and go live in England.
One young man does not speak highly of his mother. He considers his dad to be his best friend.
Another young man feels he’s ready to meet his biological parents.
Hap wants to work in the family business one day. The family business was started in 1946.
Hoover really looks up to his older brother who’s a great baseball player. Hoover believes that baseball is a large part of his identity.
Flavio says his identity changes every day, but he sure does like to eat spaghetti with his dad. He says his little brother has some disabilities and that his little brother can count on him like he counts on his mom and dad.
Montene says she’s kind of complicated. She says she’s a single person out of millions, but she still wants to be remembered as a good person.
By me she already is.
But Montene says it helps that if you’re raised in Georgia to get raised on the right side of the tracks. Montene’s also pretty proud of her maternal great grandmother who lived in Augusta and owned her own radio station and could tear up the piano. Montene says don’t get her started on her great grandmother’s singing. Montene says she could really belt out Lou Lou’s Back in Town.
Oscar has a lot of different feelings about what it means for him to be a Georgian. Oscar, who plays on the school’s golf team, is upset about Andersonville, slavery, and segregation in golf a long time ago. Oscar says golf should be about who the best player is and not about the color of their skin. But he’s proud about some things, too. Oscar thinks the Atlanta Braves and the Olympics have brought pride to the state. And being an American has made Oscar proud. He says during WWI and WWII America helped other countries from being taken over. Oscar says he’s slowly getting rid of the things in his identity that he doesn’t like and replacing them with better things.
Johnny is conflicted, however. Because he loves his dad and his dad is from Massachusetts, Johnny wrote that he needs to root for the Celtics and the Patriots, but he also feels like he needs to root for the Hawks and the Braves and the Falcons, too. But when it comes to when the teams play against each other then the decision to who to root for is easy.
Oh, well. I can’t fix them all.
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