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From: "roland elliott" <>
Subject: Re: Fw: The Irish in America
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 1998 11:34:47 -0800

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From: linda Merle <>
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Date: Sunday, February 08, 1998 11 31
Subject: Re: Fw: The Irish in America

>> 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.
>The fella was probably refering to the baggage that is brought from
>the old land that can result in a continuance of old vendettas.
>Probably at the head of the list of those guilty of doing so are the
>Irish. The Ulster Scots in America has become American. Some would
>say "vanilla American" is Ulster Scots. Of course you'd have to have
>enough interest in these things to unbury them -- and if you have
>no interest in the past, then you haven't got sufficient interest
>to study it.
>Some feel no need to explore the past -- and that's fine too.
>Some though feel rootless and not only want to but need to. I think
>an understanding of who your ancestors were and why they came
>end up making you an even better American.
>As for figuring out who has hyphens and who doesnt -- IE who blends
>and who doesn't it's intersting to just listen (or read them).
>Some of these are REAL strange sounding-- I think because the folk
>blend. Others we hear every day:
>I like Ulster American, myself, and I would like it to be "okay" to
>be "British American" but it sounds like a contraction in terms,
>like "British-Irish". (Usually is "West Brit" in the UK, but
>"West British American" doesn't sound right either, and everyone
>would be asking "....what????"
>I am afraid that like it or not, we are stuck with hypens and perhaps
>it would be more productive to understand them rather than condemning
>I'm curious how these hyphenations are handled in the UK and the
>Republic. Anyone know?
>Linda Merle

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