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

By M. E. Ravage

M.E. Ravage, one among nearly million Jews, was once lured by way of stories of luck to the USA on the flip of the 20 th century. After studying a brand new language and discovering luck in collage he penned a vibrant account of his personal assimilation. Steven G. Kellman brings Ravage's tale to existence back during this re-creation, offering a quick biography and historic and literary contexts. An American within the Making contributes to an realizing of the inspiration of ""America"" and is still well timed, specifically while sizeable immigration from Latin the US and Asia, demanding situations rules of nationwide identification.

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If you can see this you may form some idea of the sadness and the glory of his adventure. Oh, if I could show you America as we of the oppressed peoples see it! If I could bring home to you even the smallest fraction of this sacrifice and this upheaval, the dreaming and the strife, the agony and the heartache, the endless disappointments, the yearning and the despair—all of which must be ours before we can make a home for our battered spirits in this land of yours. Perhaps, if we be young, we dream of riches and adventure, and if we be grown men we may merely seek a haven for our outraged human souls and a safe retreat for our hungry wives and children.

Now that the moneyed class had gone, it was not even possible to sell or pawn the family heirlooms. The rare few who still had a bit of ready cash clung to it with a tenacity amazing even for Vaslui. So my native town, harassed and floundering, scratched its head and pondered its tremendous problem until it solved it—or I should say, until it would have solved it if relatives in America had been what they ought to be. Who the clear-headed realist that hit upon so simple a way out of our difficulties was I cannot now recall, if indeed I ever knew.

4. Mary Antin, The Promised Land (1912; New York: Penguin, 1997), p. 286. 5. html. 6. According to Mae M. Ngai, “Race Nation, and Citizenship in Late Nineteenth-Century America,” in Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America, ed. Ronald H. Bayor ( New York: Columbia University Press, 2005), p. 5 percent of Italians returned to their native country. According to Joseph Telushkin, The Golden Land: The Story of Jewish Immigration to America (New York: Harmony, 2002), p. 9, only about 5 percent of Jewish immigrants went back to where they came from.

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