Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | July 9, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—July 10, 2009: Trans-National America

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Randolph Bourne  (1886 – 1918) was an American intellectual and writer.  He advocated America should be a melting pot that accommodates immigrant cultures and is changed by them rather than simply assimilating these cultures into an Anglo-Saxon America.  He died in the Spanish Influenza Epidemic on December 22, 1918.  The Randolph Bourne Institute was established in his name to promote non-interventionist foreign policy.

This week’s text is his essay, “Trans-National America” (1916), which was written at the height of World War I.  In it he discusses what should be meant by the term “Americanism” and addresses the assimilation, or Americanization, of immigrants.  Although his focus is on German-American immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century, his argument is just as salient today regarding Hispanic and other  immigrant cultures.

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event!  You can find Bourne’s text at this website:

http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/16jul/bourne.htm


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