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Who Are We?

Posted to Utterances

Are we the peace-loving patriots who seek to extend democracy to other nations by our own example? Or are we instead a raw, powerful nation who obeys no law but ourselves?

Who, after all, are these Americans? What place under the sun do they deserve? As a tidal wave of new immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe arrived in America, spilling over into their cities and altering their society and its politics, the questions took on an almost frenetic urgency. Who are we?

This was the world at the turn of the last century. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you notice to pick up the writings of John Dos Passos.