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By M. E. Ravage

M.E. Ravage, certainly one of virtually million Jews, used to be lured through 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 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 ancient and literary contexts. An American within the Making contributes to an knowing of the thought of ""America"" and is still well timed, in particular whilst monstrous immigration from Latin the United States and Asia, demanding situations principles of nationwide id.

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Ravage,”To Educate Foreign Colonies Out of Existence,” The New York Times, March 30, 1919, p. 78. 12. Antin, The Promised Land, p. 196. 13. Abraham Cahan, The Rise of David Levinsky (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1917), p. 81. 14. M. E. Ravage, The Jew Pays: A Narrative of the Consequences of the War to the Jews of Eastern Europe, and of the Manner in Which Americans Have Attempted to Meet Them (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1919), p. 5. introduction • x x x i 15. M. E. Ravage, “A Real Case Against the Jews,” Century Magazine 115, no.

More than that, back of immigration lies emigration. And to him alone is it given to know the bitter sacrifice and the deep upheaval of the soul that are implied in those two words. The average American, when he thinks of immigrants at all, thinks, I am afraid, of something rather comical. He thinks of bundles—funny, picturesque bundles of every shape and size and color. The alien himself, in his incredible garb, as he walks off the gang-plank, appears like some sort of an odd, moving bundle. And always he carries more bundles.

Trade was completely at a standstill. 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.

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