What Does It Mean To You To Be An American?

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Alia Parafiyanovich, of Belarus, wears American flag-themed high-heels during a naturalization ceremony for 755 new United States citizens at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team in Atlanta, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. David Goldman/AP
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Alia Parafiyanovich, of Belarus, wears American flag-themed high-heels during a naturalization ceremony for 755 new United States citizens at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team in Atlanta, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. David Goldman/AP

What Does It Mean To You To Be An American?

What does it mean to you to be an American? That’s the question Morning Shift is asking as part of A Nation Engaged, a collaboration with NPR and other public radio stations across the country.

Morning Shift talks to Alexandra Filindra, assistant professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, about that key question, American values and how the idea of American citizenship has changed — and stayed the same — over the years. We also take calls from listeners.