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By M. E. Ravage

M.E. Ravage, one in every of virtually million Jews, was once lured by means of stories of good fortune to the USA on the flip of the 20 th 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 existence back during this re-creation, offering a short biography and ancient and literary contexts. An American within the Making contributes to an figuring out of the suggestion of ""America"" and is still well timed, particularly whilst substantial immigration from Latin the USA and Asia, demanding situations rules of nationwide id.

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Why, I did not know him at all when he stepped off the car, not until Jacob rushed up to him and was followed by the whole cheering lot of us. At first I thought he was a rov [rabbi]; he is so large, and stout, and dignified. He wore a long, black frock-coat and a high hat—just the kind that Reb Sander wears on Saturdays at the services. But when I got up nearer to him, I noticed that he was clean-shaven. Would you believe it? He did not even have a mustache. I never saw so many trunks and bags in all my life as they unloaded for him.

He and his followers organized themselves into an anti-Couza committee, which made ridiculous claims of seeking to save Vaslui, and in the end they very nearly succeeded in ruining the hope of the town. 20 the gospel of new york • 21 From the day of the great incident at the synagogue rumors of an infinite variety had gained currency regarding certain phases in Couza’s career in America. No one was able to trace them to their source, but they kept issuing with ever-increasing frequency and with the emphasis of unquestionable truth.

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. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. ” 58 Ventures and Adventures 66 Purifications 78 The Ethics of the Bar 86 part three: the education of an american XII. XIII. XIV. XV. XVI. Shirts and Philosophy 95 The Soul of the Ghetto 104 The Tragedy of Readjustment 110 The Trials of Scholarship 118 Off to College 126 part four: america of the americans XVII. XVIII. XIX. XX. XXI. In the Mold 135 The American as He Is 143 The Fruits of Solitude 151 Harvey 159 The Romance of Readjustment 5 168 6 • contents part five: postscript—twenty years later XXII.

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