This is a collection of stories contributed by people all over the country — a portrait of what it really means to be American today.

Everyone has a story.
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PBS American Portrait

I was raised to believe…

I was raised to believe…

The tradition I carry on is…

The tradition I carry on is…

What keeps me up at night is…

What keeps me up at night is…

When I step outside my door…

When I step outside my door…

Most days I feel…

Most days I feel…

A day’s work is…

A day’s work is…

My greatest challenge is…

My greatest challenge is…

My parent(s) wanted me to…

My parent(s) wanted me to…

My Saturday night looks like…

My Saturday night looks like…

My American story started when…

My American story started when…

You don’t know what it’s like to…

You don’t know what it’s like to…

What gets me out of bed in the morning is…

What gets me out of bed in the morning is…

The people I relate to are…

The people I relate to are…

I took a risk when…

I took a risk when…