By M. E. Ravage
M.E. Ravage, one among nearly million Jews, used to be lured via stories of good fortune to the United States on the flip of the 20th century. After studying a brand new language and discovering good fortune in collage he penned a bright account of his personal assimilation. Steven G. Kellman brings Ravage's tale to lifestyles back during this new version, delivering a short biography and ancient and literary contexts. An American within the Making contributes to an realizing of the suggestion of ""America"" and is still well timed, particularly while substantial immigration from Latin the US and Asia, demanding situations principles of nationwide id.
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The streets witnessed a continual procession of trays and carts bulging with comically shaped bales of feather-bedding, because rumor had it that the commodity was unobtainable in America. The railway station had never been so crowded before. ” And what took place in Vaslui was only typical of what had come to be the state of affairs everywhere in Rumania. I am certain that in any other country such a general exodus, bringing the serious consequences in its wake that this did, would have been stopped by the police.
We tried to discuss them with Couza himself, but he could not be induced either to confirm or to deny them. He would simply smile confusedly, and declare that everything was possible in New York. But at the end of that week a report of the most stupendous sort reached our ears. It was to the effect that our guest was not merely a millionaire, but that he held a very high government position in America, something resembling a prefect or a minister. This time we besieged him and insisted on knowing the truth.
P. 839. 4. Mary Antin, The Promised Land (1912; New York: Penguin, 1997), p. 286. 5. html. 6. According to Mae M. Ngai, “Race Nation, and Citizenship in Late Nineteenth-Century America,” in Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America, ed. Ronald H. Bayor ( New York: Columbia University Press, 2005), p. 5 percent of Italians returned to their native country. According to Joseph Telushkin, The Golden Land: The Story of Jewish Immigration to America (New York: Harmony, 2002), p.
An American in the Making: The Life Story of an Immigrant (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (Mela)) by M. E. Ravage