This is in response to Mr. Perry Green's complaint that our Harvard-educated "former first lady" ought to have known that several of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in America and thus, were "born American."

She was right ... they were born in the colonies, which were not united at that point and thus, were British citizens, not Americans. They became U.S. citizens when the U.S. was created.

I would also like to reiterate that, while American is commonly used as shorthand for U.S. citizens, Canadians and Mexicans are also technically American.

Jamie Dritschilo

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alpha1six

Actually any citizen of North, South or Central America are technically "Americans".

Keith

The British Colonies were in America. If you were born in the colonies, that means your were born in America.

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