America in the Making

Paperback | May 20, 2014

byLyman Abbott

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... THE AMERICA OF TO-DAY In his interesting drama, "The Melting Pot," Israel Zangwill thus dramatically describes the process going on to-day in the United States of America. The conversation is between Vera, a Christian girl, interested in social settlement work, and David, a Jewish violinist and composer, whose aid she wishes: (From "The Melting Pot," by Israel Zangwill, pp. 36, 37, and 38.) Vera So your music finds inspiration in America? David Yes--in the seething of the Crucible. Vera The Crucible? I don't understand! David Not understand! You, the Spirit of the Settlement! (He rises and crosses to her and leans over the table, facing her.) Not understand that America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming! Here you stand, good folk, think I, when I 3 see them at Ellis Island, here you stand (Graphically illustrating it on the table.) in your fifty groups, with your fifty languages and histories, and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries. But you won't be long like that, brothers, for these are the fires of God you've come to--these are the fires of God. A fig for your feuds and vendettas! Germans and Frenchmen, Irishmen and Englishmen, Jews and Russians--into the Crucible with you all I God is making the American. Mendel I should have thought that the American was made already--eighty millions of him. David Eighty millions! (He smiles toward Vera in good-humoured derision.) Eighty millions! Over a continent! Why, that cockleshell of a Britain has forty millions! No, uncle, the real American has not yet arrived. He is only in the Crucible, I tell you--he will be the fusion of all races, the coming superman. Ah, what a glorious Finale forjny symphony--if I can only write it....

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... THE AMERICA OF TO-DAY In his interesting drama, "The Melting Pot," Israel Zangwill thus dramatically describes...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217679161

ISBN - 13:9780217679169

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