Is America a Melting Pot?

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Is America a Melting Pot? One can imagine that a melting pot is one where a bunch of ingredients are throw in and they meld together to form one flavor. The ingredients are not visible. This is a mix where ingredients are melted and bonded together. Used as a symbol of speech to describe the experience of adaptation in American culture, the melting pot thesis that has been challenged. Is American Culture pinpointing of a melting pot? First, it pays to examine the melting pot theory. What is it exactly? The history of melting pot theory is aligned with J. Hector de Crevecoeur, when in 1782, he envisioned America as one where people of many different nations were melted into what may be construed as a new race of men. Of course, the reality was that there was slavery at the time, and while there were many immigrants, they were mostly white, Anglo Saxons. The Indians who were native to the Americas were not accepted into the league of white men. That said, immigration would later pick up during the latter part of the nineteenth century, and early twentieth, and then one might construe America as a melting pot. Still, that is not necessarily true either. Assimilation occurs to an extent, but not fully. There were segregated schools until the 1950s and though arguable, there continues to be de facto segregation. There were no people melting into one another as the theory would claim. Of course, there is no literal translation to suggest that people would actually melt into one another, but it did suggest that the people would agree and adopt many of the same things. It would also mean a great deal of race mixing. There would be more intermarriage and a greater acceptance of races and cultures. Yet, the evidence that this has occurred is not there. There is now a trend towards multiculturalism, which to some extent negates the melting pot paradigm. There are

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