How do you define American?

Matthew J. Lindsay (Baltimore): Immigration, Sovereignty, and the Constitution of Foreignness. Robert S. Chang (Seattle): The Invention of Asian Americans. Gregory Ablavsky (Penn): The Savage Constitution. How do you define American? If Elizabeth Smart was America’s daughter, who is Dashad “Sage” Smith? Conor Friedersdorf on the horrifying effects of NYPD ethnic profiling on innocent Muslim Americans. How did the lone cowboy hero become such a potent figure in American culture? Eric Hobsbawm follows a trail from cheap novels and B-westerns to Ronald Reagan. There is a battle raging over what America will look like in 21st century. Is America really being overrun by right-wing militants? White Indians: No minority presence in the US is more reassuring, or less likely to get angry or acknowledge your antiblack racism. What is the stereotypical “real American”? Hispanics, the New Italians: We already know a great deal about how Latinos are faring with the challenge of assimilation — they are meeting it.