Who is an American? Over the roughly four centuries that we discussed, from ca. 1600 to 2000, we have seen that the boundaries of who is included and who is excluded from American society, culture and politics have evolved. Your mission is to make an argument about how and why those boundaries have shifted. You cannot expect to give a comprehensive answer to this question in the time allotted. Your job is to use evidence drawn from the readings and lectures to describe the shifts that you think were most important (be selective!) and to make an argument about why you think those changes occurred. Be specific about which groups were included and excluded at any given time and be sure to explain what kinds of belonging were at stake for each one (e.g., cultural, political, civil rights). Your answer should include evidence of changes in the law, the evolution of popular ideologies and prejudices, and the changing demography of American society. Your analysis must start in the colonial period or earlier (i.e., before 1776) and continue into the twentieth century.