Friday, May 28, 2004

An American Story 

Democratic Underground published my new essay today. Here's the link, and a short excerpt:

The America I Know
By Violet Lake

"My mother and father chose to pursue the promise of a better life, in exchange for living our lives among our extended family. I'm sure it's one of the most difficult choices they've ever made. Remarkably, the majority of families are here as a consequence of the same choice. We are essentially a nation of immigrants, culled from humanity according to a distinct combination of character traits: a tendency to favor idealism, a fondness for adventure, the ability to adapt, and a willingness to work hard. This progressive collection of traits forms the basis of the celebrated 'American character.'"

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