An American in the Making: The Life Story of an Immigrant by M. E. Ravage

By M. E. Ravage

M.E. Ravage, certainly one of nearly million Jews, was once lured by means of stories of good fortune to the US on the flip of the 20th century. After studying a brand new language and discovering luck in university he penned a shiny account of his personal assimilation. Steven G. Kellman brings Ravage's tale to existence back during this re-creation, supplying a quick biography and ancient and literary contexts. An American within the Making contributes to an figuring out of the inspiration of ""America"" and continues to be well timed, in particular whilst enormous immigration from Latin the United States and Asia, demanding situations principles 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.

Now that he was gone, Vaslui could stand off and see the vision that had passed over it in true perspective. It became quite clear to us that, for one thing, Couza had done something with his fourteen years in America, something very enviable and magnificent. We realized, of course, that he was a fine and clever fellow, and that not everyone could aspire to his attainments; but, we argued, if a man of genius could in so short a time become a millionaire and an ambassador, then an average chap ought at least to have no difficulty in becoming, say, a police commissioner, and in keeping his cellar perpetually well stocked with red wine.

A mysterious coldness seemed to have developed between the two men almost from the start; and when Vaslui fell down on its knees and worshiped Couza as the great man he was, Itza Baer’s jealousy—for jealousy was all it could be—turned into whispered threats at first, and finally into open hostility. 18 • an american in the making On the morrow after the arrival I saw him. I saw him on the first of those impressive progresses which were to become a regular, but not a common, sight in the daily life of our town for the next fortnight.

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