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Forging a New Vision

This essay is the first in the Journal's ongoing series examining relations between Latinos and Jews.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community_briefs/article/forging_a_new_vision_20010223

While visiting Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, Henry James wondered how the sweeping tide of immigrants would ultimately affect "the idea of" America. Comparing the incorporation of foreigners to sword- and fire-swallowing feats at a circus, James reflected on what it meant for America to share its patrimony with those "inconceivable aliens."

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