As a student of American history, I have been wanting to write this for quite some time. Somehow Tom Brokaw writes as if he has not read American history prior to World War II.
America has had, and still has, many great generations who have made this country what it is. It started with the first colonists in the 1600s. They started with nothing, suffered deprivation and persevered. Without the men and women who fought during the Revolutionary War for independence, this country would not be here. There were times where it was questionable if the Patriots were going to win. Then there’s the Civil War, World War I and the Korean War. Vietnam and Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans continue to add to the legacy of the shaping of our country’s history.
Four groups of people have helped to make America great, in spite of how our government treated them: Native Americans, African Americans, Japanese Americans and Mexican Americans. Even though they had their land and freedoms taken from them and faced prejudices, many chose, and still choose, to raise their right hands to swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Chuck Berberian, Fresno
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