African Women Voices
“There is one decisive moment in American history which is not much written about, but which is very important and it sets up a contrast with Europe.
That moment is the moment when the Anglo-American settlers, who thought that they were establishing an Anglo-American State, allowed themselves to become a minority in what they thought was their country. That happened in the course of the Nineteenth century, with a lot of resistance, resentment, nativist movements, hostility to immigrants, but it happened. And, instead of America becoming an Anglo-American nation-state, America became what Horace Kallen called ‘nation of nationalities’ without a majority nation and with an ongoing immigration. That moment is not going to be repeated in Europe.”
Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study