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By M. E. Ravage

M.E. Ravage, one in all nearly million Jews, was once lured by means 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 university 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 proposal of ""America"" and continues to be well timed, specifically while significant immigration from Latin the United States and Asia, demanding situations rules of nationwide identification.

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We sometimes hardly know ourselves. pa rt one The Alien at Home chapter i The Prophet from America E ven an imaginative American, I suppose, must find it very hard to form anything like a just idea of the tremendous adventure involved in the act of immigration. The alien in our midst is too elusive an object for satisfactory study. He changes too rapidly. But yesterday he was a solid citizen in his particular village of Sicily or Rumania, of a piece with his ancestral background, surrounded by friends and kindred, apparently rooted in his native soil.

But now the shimmering apparition had become a solid reality. We had seen with our own eyes, and had heard with our own ears, the concrete thing that it meant to be an American millionaire, and Vaslui suddenly felt a vast ambition stirring in its galloping heart. Gone was the languor, the easygoing indifference, the resignation, the despair that once dwelt in the lines of our faces. We became a bustling, seething, hopeful community. A star had risen in heaven to lead us out of the wilderness. chapter ii The Gospel of New York T he very next day my father took me by the hand and marched me straight up to Great Headquarters.

But suddenly America had flashed upon our consciousness and fanned our dormant souls to flames of consuming ambition. All my relatives and all our neighbors—in fact, everybody who was anybody—had either gone or was going to New York. I call it New York, but you as Americans ought to be informed that the correct spelling is Nev-York, as every refined person in Vaslui knows. I did not, then, as you see, come alone, to America. I came with the rest of the population of Vaslui. And Vaslui was merely a sort of scouting-party, to be followed directly by the main army.

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