An American in the Making: The Life Story of an Immigrant by M. E. Ravage

By M. E. Ravage

M.E. Ravage, one in all nearly million Jews, used to be lured by means of stories of good fortune 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 shiny account of his personal assimilation. Steven G. Kellman brings Ravage's tale to lifestyles back during this new version, offering a quick biography and historic and literary contexts. An American within the Making contributes to an realizing of the thought of ""America"" and continues to be well timed, specifically whilst mammoth immigration from Latin the USA and Asia, demanding situations rules of nationwide id.

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Now I must confess that I have a very grave doubt as to whether it had been a part of Couza’s original plan to effect anything like an exodus 26 • an american in the making from his native land to that of his adoption. Those who censure and traduce him have said so; but then so have they said a lot of other slanderous, contradictory things about him. Perhaps I am wrong; but really I do question it. Surely it was not his fault that my fellow-townsmen were so literal and so simple. Let us remember that he was cautious to the point of taciturnity about his own achievements and accomplishments, particularly when he perceived the drift of the impression he was making.

It seemed to feel that while the king was no doubt a fine fellow and all that, he had not come all the way from Nev-York, he had not brought with him any dozen trunks, he did not speak English, and wear diamonds, and dress in a different frock-coat every day. Quite the contrary: the king had on the same uniform every time he came to Vaslui. He was, after all, a sort of exaggerated army officer with an unnecessary amount of gold lace and other trappings about his person. He, like all military folk, might care for show and shouts.

Ravage, published in 1971 by Dover Publications. The book was first published in 1917 by Harper and Brothers and revised by the author for an edition published by Harper Modern Classics in 1936. The 1971 text has been reproduced without changes. xxxiii An American in the making Affectionately dedicated to JEANNE AND SUZANNE and to LOUISE AND JOHN who had not arrived in time for the original edition conte nts Introduction 7 part one: the alien at home I. II. III. IV. V. The Prophet from America 13 The Gospel of New York 20 The Exodus 27 To America on Foot 31 Farewell Forever 38 part two: the alien abroad VI.

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