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Ethnic Aged in America

Ethnic aged in America

The United States is a nation of immigrants. With the exception of the Native Americans who were already here when the first European settlers arrived, all of us have ancestral roots in some other country. Historically, the early arrivals—Anglo-Saxon groups—shaped much of what has come to be referred to as the dominant culture of the United States, but the stream of immigrants continues and has become increasingly diverse. In the early 1900s a play titled The Melting Pot apparently gave rise to the idea of America being such a phenomenon. The premise was that, if various ethnic groups combined as metals do in the smelting process, the result would be a unique but better society. In this view, ...

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