The AmericanIconsTemple page is home to a wide variety of interesting and well written articles which highlight and explain how certain icons are representative of the U.S. Other than simply stating the icon and providing a brief history, many of the blogs manage to link this to U.S culture, also thinking about an overall global impact and how the U.S influences other countries. However it is important to mention that icons may not symbolise the American experience in the same way for everybody. A good example of this can be found within one of the Bald Eagle blogs, which mentions that Benjamin Franklin opposed the national emblem as he believed ‘it is a bird of bad character’. It is more interesting to read a blog that challenges the main ideas and concepts behind the chosen icon. As the Bald Eagle can ‘see everything, from high within the sky’, this could also be carefully tied into the recent issues with U.S national security, in particular allegations of misconduct concerning U.S surveillance on other countries.
The ‘American Dream’ seems to be a popular theme within many of the icon blogs. More criticism could maybe be incorporated into these, as the reality of this ideal is often questionable. Over a million people migrate to the U.S each year in hope of better opportunities, however it isn’t as easy as it seems – many struggle to find work and end up living in poverty.
On the whole, the blogs are successful in providing a detailed analysis of some of America’s most prominent and also obscure icons.