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EN304 2014-15. DR STEPHEN ROSS. The Melting Pot. “America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming ! […] Germans and Frenchmen, Irishmen and Englishmen, Jews and Russians—into the Crucible with you al!! God is making the American.”

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En304 2014 15

EN304 2014-15

DR STEPHEN ROSS


The melting pot

The Melting Pot

“America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming! […] Germans and Frenchmen, Irishmen and Englishmen, Jews and Russians—into the Crucible with you al!! God is making the American.”

-Israel Zangwill, The Melting Pot (1908)

Lower East Side, Manhattan, early 1900s


Or not

Or not. . .

No reverberatory effect of the great war has caused American public opinion more solicitude than the failure of the ‘melting pot.’

Randolph Bourne, “Trans-National America” (1916)


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“What part of Ireland did your folks come from?


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For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait!” has almost always meant “Never.” Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” (1963)


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“I’ve been to the mountain top”


The feminine mystique

The Feminine Mystique

Is this all?


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“When he was gone I was practically a prisoner in my own home!”


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I want to convince you that irony, poker-faced silence, and fear of ridicule are distinctive features of contemporary U.S. culture (of which cutting-edge fiction Is a part) that enjoy any relation to the television whose weird pretty hand has my generation by the throat.

DFW, “E UnibusPluram”


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