American patriots: 'I love America with all her mess'
Americans explore their feelings about patriotism on Independence Day.
July 4th, 2012
02:58 PM ET

American patriots: 'I love America with all her mess'

By Melissa Abbey, CNN

(CNN) - Juanita Jones Abernathy, a civil rights activist and close friend of Martin Luther King Jr., has suffered many racial injustices in her time. But that hasn't diminished her patriotism.

"I love America with all her mess," she says, laughing.

For Abernathy, patriotism is an unconditional love: a dedication to the nation's best interest, regardless of how she has been wronged.

But definitions of American patriotism are as diverse as Americans.

Political philosopher and Northeastern University professor Stephen Nathanson explores the subject in his book "Patriotism, Morality, and Peace." He writes that patriotism is generally characterized by "special affection for one's own country; a sense of personal identification with the country; special concern for the well-being of the country; and willingness to sacrifice to promote the country's good."

As the nation reflects and celebrates Independence Day, CNN asked four Americans from different walks of life their definition of patriotism, and how it is reflected in their daily lives.


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Three Asian-American families share a slice of life
The Tripathi family celebrates Kaushal and Neelam's 25th wedding anniversary with a Hawaiian themed party at their home in Fayetteville, Georgia.
June 26th, 2012
05:37 PM ET

Three Asian-American families share a slice of life

by Melissa Abbey, CNN

The Pew Research Center recently released a comprehensive study profiling Asian-Americans in the United States and found them to be more highly educated and well-paid than any other immigrant group in the country.

Asians are also now coming to the United States in greater numbers than Hispanics and make up about 6% of the population.

The study is overwhelmingly positive - most Asian-Americans have at least a college degree and consider themselves hard-working - but it also showed immense diversity among the group.

There are more than 17 million Asian-Americans, and each has a unique story. Here, three immigrant families in the Atlanta area share a slice of their lives. FULL POST

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