DRAF presents its 11th annual Evening of Performances, at s Art Deco music venue the O2 Forum Kentish Town, with an exciting programme of live works that range across performance art, spoken word, dance, comedy and music. The evening presents eight new commissions and a UK premiere by international artists responding to the theme of intimacy. Each artistic contribution brings forward a new reading and experience, charging the venue with different physical, sensual and intellectual approaches.
It was used together with concepts of the United States as an ideal republic and a " city upon a hill " or new promised land. While "melting" was in common use the exact term "melting pot" came into general usage inafter the premiere of the play The Melting Pot by Israel Zangwill.
The first use in American literature of the concept of immigrants "melting" into the receiving culture are found in the writings of J.
In his Letters from an American Farmer Crevecoeur writes, in response to his own question, "What then is the American, this new man?
He becomes an American by being received in the broad lap of our great Alma Mater. Here individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men, whose labors and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world.
What, then, is the American, this new man? He is either an European or the descendant of an European; hence that strange mixture of blood, which you will find in no other country. I could point out to you a family whose grandfather was an Englishman, whose wife was Dutch, whose son married a French woman, and whose present four sons have now four wives of different nations.
He is an American, who, leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the new government he obeys, and the new rank he holds The Americans were once scattered all over Europe; here they are incorporated into one of the finest systems of population which has ever appeared.
John de Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer InRalph Waldo Emersonalluding to the development of European civilization out of the medieval Dark Ageswrote in his private journal of America as the Utopian product of a culturally and racially mixed " smelting pot", but only in were his remarks first published.
In his writing, Emerson explicitly welcomed the racial intermixing of whites and non-whites, a highly controversial view during his lifetime. A magazine article in used the metaphor explicitly: The fusing process goes on as in a blast-furnace ; one generation, a single year even—transforms the English, the German, the Irish emigrant into an American.
Uniform institutions, ideas, language, the influence of the majority, bring us soon to a similar complexion; the individuality of the immigrant, almost even his traits of race and religion, fuse down in the democratic alembic like chips of brass thrown into the melting pot.
In his essay The Significance of the Frontier in American Historyhe referred to the "composite nationality" of the American people, arguing that the frontier had functioned as a " crucible " where "the immigrants were Americanized, liberated and fused into a mixed race, English in neither nationality nor characteristics".
In his travel narrative The American SceneHenry James discusses cultural intermixing in New York City as a "fusion, as of elements in solution in a vast hot pot". Understand that America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming!
Here you stand, good folk, think I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups, your fifty languages, and histories, and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries.
But you won't be long like that, brothers, for these are the fires of God you've come to—these are fires of God. A fig for your feuds and vendettas!
God is making the American. Vera is an idealistic settlement house worker and David is a composer struggling to create an "American symphony" to celebrate his adopted homeland.
Together they manage to overcome the old world animosities that threaten to separate them. But then David discovers that Vera is the daughter of the Tsarist officer who directed the pogrom that forced him to flee Russia.
Horrified, he breaks up with her, betraying his belief in the possibility of transcending religious and ethnic animosities. However, unlike Shakespeare's tragedy, there is a happy ending.
At the end of the play the lovers are reconciled. Reunited with Vera and watching the setting sun gilding the Statue of LibertyDavid Quixano has a prophetic vision: There she lies, the great Melting-Pot—Listen!
Can't you hear the roaring and the bubbling? There gapes her mouth, the harbor where a thousand mammoth feeders come from the ends of the world to pour in their human freight".
David foresees how the American melting pot will make the nation's immigrants transcend their old animosities and differences and will fuse them into one people: Ah, Vera, what is the glory of Rome and Jerusalem where all nations and races come to worship and look back, compared with the glory of America, where all races and nations come to labour and look forward!
The prophetic words of his Jewish protagonist against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty allude to Emma Lazarus 's famous poem The New Colossuswhich celebrated the statue as a symbol of American democracy and its identity as an immigrant nation. United States[ edit ] In terms of immigrants to the United Statesthe "melting pot" process has been equated with Americanizationthat is, cultural assimilation and acculturation.
The "melting pot" metaphor implies both a melting of cultures and intermarriage of ethnicitiesyet cultural assimilation or acculturation can also occur without intermarriage.
Thus African-Americans are fully culturally integrated into American culture and institutions.An American is a mixed race. The American comes from an emigrated people of diverse nationalities and races from Europe.
Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crevecoeur is best known for his letters, essays and pamphlets that he wrote about America. These literary works were shipped to and published overseas. They are also the main reason that Mr. Crevecoeur is credited for bringing in more immigrants to America than any other single person in American History. Close Join the mailing list. Welcome to the online mailing list for David Roberts Art Foundation. Sign up to receive updates about forthcoming shows, events and other items of interest. John de Crevecoeur's "What is an American" sets out to describe what makes an American an American. Through the analysis of American government, beliefs, culture, and values Crevecoeur explains to the world what an American encompasses.
An American is a mixed race of English, Scottish, French, Dutch, German and Irish (de Crevecoeur 51) and can be considered as a descendant of the Englishmen. J. Hecor St. John de Crèvecoeur was born in France in and emigrated to the English colony of New York after the French and Indian regardbouddhiste.comted by his neighbors of being a monarchy sympathizer during the American Revolution, Crevecoeur was unjustly persecuted, imprisoned, and forced to .
If the course starts on any date other than those listed the student must drop the course prior to the first day of the class to receive a full refund. de Crevecoeur What is An American? This image of the poor, powerless European immigrant has changed over the years. The helpless European immigrant has changed to the helpless Hispanic immigrant coming mainly from Mexico and South America.
American literature is literature written or produced in the United States and its preceding colonies (for specific discussions of poetry and theater, see Poetry of the United States and Theater in the United States).Before the founding of the United States, the British colonies on the eastern coast of the present-day United States were heavily influenced by English literature.
Early American writers have made long-lasting contributions to developing and explaining American beliefs, values, and culture. St. John de Crevecoeur's "What is an American" sets out to describe what makes an American an American.