America was built on the idea religious and civic community. The American identity was born long before the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted. It was the religious leaders that, through churches kept the colonies together and built what we know now as representative democracy.
Citizenship event with Bonding Against Adversity and Marianna Sanchez
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For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same Religion, Manners, Habits, and political Principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together. – Farewell Address, George Washington, 1796.
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