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From: Marilyn A Caretti< >
Subject: Re: Fw: The Irish in America
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 22:28:23 -0800

On Sun, 8 Feb 1998 00:38:39 EST writes:
>In a message dated 98-02-07 23:35:57 EST, you write:
><< Actually, it is you who have been assimulated and thus you have
> the richness of your Viking, Cruithne, Norman, French, English,
> and Scots past.
> >>
>But what we have gained, Linda, is a new amalgam, which, as in the
>case of
>most sums which are greater than their parts, is richer, stronger,
>greater tensile strength, than any one of the lements, be it Viking,
>Norman, Frenhc, English and Scots. And Irish.
>I am not Scotch-Irish, not Irish hyphenated American. I am of a new
>breed, and
>proud of it. I enjoy looking at those parts which are in my makeup (or
>I would
>not be on this list) but I also enjoy contemplating the whole, which
>is being
>American, plain and simple.
>And after all, is this not what mankind always has been? The Scots
>were made
>up of earlier peoples, the Irish of seveal bunches of ?Celts and
>Vikings et
>al; the /Germans of the Vandals and the Goths and other Tetonic
>This is what nature intended, by permitting all of our genes to meld
>and to
>evolve into new __ and undoubtedly better __ families.
Good for you Joan. I read an article by a Nobel prize winning author who
said if anything is going to ruin the USA it is the hyphenated American.
That we should be Americans first and celebrate our heritage second.

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