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By M. E. Ravage

M.E. Ravage, one in all nearly million Jews, used to be lured via stories of luck to the USA on the flip of the 20th century. After studying a brand new language and discovering good fortune in collage he penned a vibrant account of his personal assimilation. Steven G. Kellman brings Ravage's tale to lifestyles back during this re-creation, delivering a short biography and ancient and literary contexts. An American within the Making contributes to an knowing of the idea of ""America"" and is still well timed, specifically while sizeable immigration from Latin the USA and Asia, demanding situations rules of nationwide identification.

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That appeared to be his way. Whatever was good for one man was good enough for every man. He never spoke of his wealth; indeed, he looked embarrassed and uncomfortable whenever the subject was alluded to. He positively disliked to talk about himself in any fashion. He let his actions speak for him and all that he represented, and from his actions Vaslui was forced to draw the right conclusion. The sheer extravagance of that trunkful of presents he had brought from America for the immediate members of his family spoke volumes for his generosity and the abundance of his means.

The native, I must conclude, has, by long familiarity with the rich blessings of his own land, grown forgetful of his high privileges and ceased to grasp the lofty message which America wafts across the seas to all the oppressed of mankind. What, I wonder, do they know of America, who know only America? The more I think upon the subject the more I become persuaded that the relation of the teacher and the taught as between those who were born and those who came here must be reversed. It is the free American who needs to be instructed by the benighted races in the uplifting word that America speaks to all the world.

Who knows? To-morrow very probably you will find him a prosperous citizen again, very earnestly devoting himself to some strange—until recently undreamed-of—business, giving orders or taking them, even now perhaps a bit discordant against his new setting, and, except for one or two well-hidden scars, none the worse apparently for his translation. Who shall find the patience to follow him in his tortuous career? What is surely most amazing is that he should have started out at all. Considering the pangs of separation and the risks that warn and threaten him and beset his path, why, you might ask, should he want to emigrate?

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