Are you an American? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, increasing numbers of people are claiming ?American" as their national ancestry. In our melting pot of cultures, they are taking a stand as authentic representatives of the American nation. This growing social phenomenon serves as the launching point for a discussion of what twenty-first century Americanism means?its roots and its significance?and the unrelenting assault from multiculturalists who believe that the term ?American" either signifies nothing or is a badge of shame. Author James S. Robbins describes the foundations of t.