I’m an elderly American citizen and I need advice.

When I was a boy, I was told if you were born or became a naturalized citizen in the country of the United States, you were an American — period.

In the last 15 years, things have changed, and I’m confused. In the news now, we have Afro-Americans, Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, Franco-Americans, the list goes on. My ancestors came down from Canada, and settled “up in The County.”

My father’s side was Irish and Swede. My mother’s side was German and English.

Do I call myself, Heinz 57-American or how about Mutt-American? I really want to be called just plain American.

What number are you? First, second or third American?

Hank Moody, Skowhegan

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