End of ADS-L Digest - 1 Apr 1997 to 2 Apr 1997

Subject: ADS-L Digest - 2 Apr 1997 to 3 Apr 1997

There are 14 messages totalling 392 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Melting Pot (2)
2. "Color Line" (part one--1874/75 NY Herald)
3. for to
4. Old News?
5. "for to"
6. Comput-TV
7. No subject given
8. For-To again
9. linguist Ebonics archive (2)
10. For to...
11. for-to (2)


Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 02:19:30 -0500
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Melting Pot

There was a huge lineup outside of where I worked at Chambers Street in
Manhattan the other week. The marriage bureau was next door; I joked to
colleagues that I got on the wrong lunch line and got married by mistake. "I
just ordered rice, and look what happened!"
Which brings us to "melting pot."
The Miner/Rawson American Heritage Dictionary of American Quotations
has, on pg. 21, quote 3, the familiar passage from Israel Zangwill's THE

America is God's crucible, the great melting pot, where all the races of
Europe are melting and re-forming...Germans and Frenchmen, Irishmen and
Englishmen, Jews and Russians--into the crucible with you all! God is making
the American!

Zangwill did not invent this. See the cartoon in Puck, Vol. XXV, no.
693, 3 July 1889 (I forgot the page). The caption is:


The mortar bears the word "CITIZENSHIP." An anarchist leaps out with a
bloody knife. Miss America/Miss Liberty is stirring the mortar with a spoon
that reads "EQUAL RIGHTS."
The Mortar of Assimilation pre-dates The Melting Pot by about twenty

"For To" in "Oh, Susanna!"

I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee
And I'm goin' to Louisiana, my true love for to see
Oh, Susanna!
Now don't you cry for me....

O. K. I'll cry for Madonna.