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The Melting Pot

Israel Zangwill

Publisher: Mint Editions

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Summary

The Melting Pot (1908) is a play by Israel Zangwill. Raised in London by parents from Latvia and Poland, Zangwill understood the plight of the city’s Jewish community firsthand. Having risen through poverty to become an educator and author, he dedicated his career to the voiceless, the oppressed, and the needy, advocating for their rights and bearing witness to their suffering in some of the most powerful novels and stories of the Victorian era. When it was staged in Washington, DC, The Melting Pot received praise from President Theodore Roosevelt, who proclaimed from the audience “That's a great play, Mr. Zangwill!” During the 1903 Chișinău pogrom, David Quixano lost his entire family to antisemitic violence. Unable to remain in Russia, he emigrates to the United States, where he hopes to be accepted not just into the nation’s growing Jewish community, but into its open democratic society. When he arrives, he composes a successful symphony called “The Crucible,” written in tribute to the melting pot of American culture, its promise to rise above ethnic divisions. He soon meets a fellow immigrant named Vera, who hails from a Christian family in Russia. As he begins to fulfill his own American Dream, a shocking revelation forces David to question his unwavering idealism. The Melting Pot ran for over one hundred performances in New York City, starring some of the leading actors of its time and galvanizing the image of the immigrant experience in America for generations to come. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Israel Zangwill’s The Melting Pot is a classic of British literature reimagined for modern readers.

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