The Motherland

You might be wondering why I call the U.K. the Motherland. No, I’m not English. My ancestors came from Southern Italy and so many other people of Latino, Asian, or European lineage can trace their ancestry to some other country that isn’t England. However our court system, structure of government, and—don’t forget—the English language, which is the most widely spoken across the U.S. (for now). So, even though we fought two wars against the British, by the end of the nineteenth century until today, Great Britain has been our closest ally and our rapport with England has come to be known as the “Special Relationship”

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