The Revolution Of The American Revolution

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America has always been a hodge-podge of a multitude of different cultures from around the world, somehow settling into a new sort of culture all its own. Whether that new culture transformed into a sort of “cultural mosaic” of the diverse cultures or a “melting pot,” meaning one American culture to assimilate into, has been widely contested for generations. Almost a century ago, Theodore Roosevelt notes some Revolutionary War-era immigrants as being “the best immigrants we have ever received; sooner than any other, and more completely, they became American in speech, conviction, and thought,” (“American Ideals” 683). Meanwhile, another Revolutionary hero for America, Marquis de Lafayette, was thoroughly French and helped in their Revolution after helping the United States come to be, and is still widely lauded as being a great officer and leader in the American Revolution. The argument still stands today, but one of the most notable times of its dispute was during, and just prior to, the Civil Rights movement. Some twentieth century African American writers celebrated diversity, while others advocate for national assimilation. Contemporary writer, Amy Tan, aligns herself more with the side of cultural assimilation. One of the most notable of these twentieth century African American writers is Langston Hughes, forerunner of the Harlem Renaissance. During the earlier years of that African American cultural rebirth, Hughes notes the longevity of the African American plight,
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