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By Ilan Stavans, Lalo Alcaraz

ISBN-10: 0465080642

ISBN-13: 9780465080649

Adequate with the useless white males! the real tale of the USA lies with its most ignored and marginalized peoples—the employees, immigrants, housewives, and slaves who outfitted the USA from the floor up, and who made this nation what it truly is this present day. In A such a lot Imperfect Union, cultural critic Ilan Stavans and award-winning cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz current a colourful heritage of those unsung american citizens. In an irreverent, fast paced narrative that demanding situations the normal narrative of yank heritage, Stavans and Alcaraz supply a clean, arguable tackle the philosophies, items, practices, and people—from Algonquin and African royals to early feminists, Puerto Rican radicals, and Arab immigrants—that have made the USA such an oversized and amazing land.

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He had come out of the war with a militant patriotism; and mingling his idealistic with his selfish motives, after the manner of all men at all times, he developed a fervent belief that 100-per-cent Americanism and the Welfare of God's Own Country and Loyalty to the Teachings of the Founding Fathers implied the right of the businessman to kick the union organ izer out of his workshop. He had come to distrust anythingand everything that was foreign, and this radicalism he saw as the spawnof long-haired Slavs andunwashed East-Side Jews.

Policemen guarded its ap proaches. It was in a void apart ... " Mr. Wilson's mind remained clear. When the report went about that he was unable "to discharge the powers and duties" of his office and should, therefore, under the provisions of the Constitution, be supplanted by the Vice-President (and reports of this sort were frequent in those days) Senators Fall and Hitchcock visited him in behalf of the Senate to determine his mental condition. They found him keenly alive to the humor of their embarrassing mission; he laughed and joked with them and showed a complete grasp of the subjects under discussion.

This nominee had to swallow the League of Nations and did. He swung manfully around the circle, shouting himself hoarse, pointing with pride. But he hadn't a chance in the world. Senator Harding re mained in Ms average small town and conducted a McKinleyesque front-porch campaign; he pitched horseshoes behind the house with his Republican advisers like an average small-town man and wore a McKinley carnation; he said just enough in behalf of "an association of nations" to permit inveterate Republicans who favored the League to vote for him without twinges of conscience, and justenoughagainst Wilson'sLeague to convince the majority that with him in the White House they would not be called upon to march to the aid of suffering Czechoslovakia; and the men and women of the United States 36 Only Yesterday woke up on the morning of November 3rd to find that they had swept him into the Presidency by a margin of sixteen millions to nine millions.

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