New PDF release: An American in the Making: The Life Story of an Immigrant

By M. E. Ravage

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M.E. Ravage, one in all virtually million Jews, was once lured through stories of luck to the US on the flip of the 20 th century. After studying a brand new language and discovering good fortune in university he penned a bright account of his personal assimilation. Steven G. Kellman brings Ravage's tale to lifestyles back during this re-creation, supplying a quick biography and old and literary contexts. An American within the Making contributes to an figuring out of the thought of ""America"" and continues to be well timed, specially whilst giant immigration from Latin the US and Asia, demanding situations rules of nationwide id.

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The alien in our midst is too elusive an object for satisfactory study. He changes too rapidly. But yesterday he was a solid citizen in his particular village of Sicily or Rumania, of a piece with his ancestral background, surrounded by friends and kindred, apparently rooted in his native soil. To-day he is adrift in a foreign world, mute and helpless and tragically ridiculous—a soul in purgatory, a human creature cut from its moorings, the most pitiable sight to be met on this earth. To-morrow?

No doubt, when you go slumming, you reflect sympathetically on the drudgery and the misery of the immigrant’s life. But poverty and hard toil are not tragic things. They indeed are part of the comedy. Tragedy lies seldom on the surface. If you would get a glimpse of the pathos and the romance of readjustment you must try to put yourself in the alien’s place. And that you may find hard to do. Well, try to think of leavetaking—of farewells to home and kindred, in all likelihood never to be seen again; of last looks lingering affectionately on things and places; of ties broken and grown stronger in the breaking.

The air was growing too thick for respiration. ” At last the long-awaited telegram flashed over us, and I shall never forget my terrible disappointment on learning its message. For weeks I had been training in the boys’ chorus which was to welcome the guest on his arrival. And now, at the last moment, he had cold-bloodedly decided to come in on the midnight train. The choral reception had, therefore, to be abandoned. Vaslui must content itself with a mere representative committee of citizens and restrain its pent-up enthusiasm as best it might till the morrow.

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