Perhaps the most quoted melting-pot idealist is Israel Zangwill (1864-- 1926), a British-born Jew, whose 1908 play The Melting Pot portrayed America as "God's crucible, the great melting pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming!" To the immigrants entering Ellis Island, Zangwill's protagonist exhorted: "A fig for your feuds and vendettas!
Reflecting on the plausibility of the melting-pot ideal, Milton Gordon notes that, given a population drawn from many nations, "was it not possible then, to think of the evolving American society not simply as a slightly modified England but rather as a totally new blend, culturally and biologically, in which the stocks and folkways of Europe were, figuratively speaking, indiscriminately mixed in the political pot of the emerging nation and melted together by the fires of American influence and interaction into a distinctly new type?"10
When it became apparent during the decades before World War I that immigrants were not giving up the ways of their origins as the price of assimilation and were not mixing together in the great crucible to form the new American, the melting-pot idea as a natural laissez-faire process was abandoned.
Theoretically, the melting-pot model is one of several answers to the question: What is the best way of integrating disparate peoples into a single nation?
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Part I of this examination of the melting-pot
ideal will show that despite its continued academic and popular usage, the concept has limited theoretical utility and little basis in reality.
For all its somewhat ahistorical idealism, the melting-pot metaphor still represents the standard around which fervent proponents of assimilation have rallied over the years.
These two corollaries of the melting-pot metaphor have long invited criticism by those who thought they were inconsistent with the ethnic realities of American society.
Cultural pluralism rejects melting-pot assimilationism not on empirical grounds, but on ideological ones.
This exodus from suburbs of more cosmopolitan, liberal-leaning urban areas on the coasts will forge increasing divides--demographic, cultural, and political--between the states of the New Sunbelt and the more congested "melting-pot states" located in the old Sunbelt and Northeast.
Democratic candidate Al Gore won both the most populous "melting-pot" states (California, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Hawaii) and those in the slow- growing parts of the country (Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Maine, and Vermont).
It suggests that different constituencies will emerge in regions we class as the New Sunbelt, melting-pot states, and slow-growing states that are located largely in the Snowbelt.
(The title refers to a vibrant quarter of Tijuana.) McCaleb made clever use of the melting-pot
metaphor, allowing her gliding designs and cross-cultural images to blur in a seamless flow of movement.
With a score by Pittsburgh-based composer David Stock, Levy's American Dream springs from the poetry of William Butler Yeats into a briskly paced twenty-five-minute abstraction of America's melting-pot