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America One or Many The Disuniting of America by Arthur A Schlesinger Jr Norton 1998 208 pages In The Disuniting of America Arthur M Schlesinger tells about the history of the new race of Americans In the new republic civil commitment replaced bloodlines as the test for citizenship The peoples of the new land where thrown into a crucible that forced the people to combine their skills and effort to solve their problems Together different groups of people were able to build communities out of raw land Wars such as the Civil War helped forge the self-image of Americans Franklin D Roosevelt said Americanism is a matter of the mind and the heart Americanism is not and never was a matter of ancestry Schlesinger writes that many people come to America and want to dive into the melting pot society and become an American I think that the whole idea of the melting pot is getting rusty A lot of people come to America to escape the harsh conditions of their home countries They come to America because we offer a peaceful land with a large amount of freedom Schlesinger writes Americans should look forward to their prosterity rather than backward to their ancestry He is saying that people should realize that they are part of a new nation and that past affiliations with religious or ethnic groups are not useful to themselves or to the nation Immigrants who identify with the past are hurting the nation because it allows them to segregate themselves in ways that are meaningless to life in America I dont think that a total melting pot society will ever happen No matter how many generations separate a person from his or her home land a person always finds a way to identify with that place Even on government forms you never see American as a race to choose from Race is important in
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