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Melting Pot
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Title of a play by the British Jewish author and activist Israel Zangwill (1864−1926), first performed in 1908 in Washington. “Melting pot” is also a concept within America’s political discourse, popularized by the play, according to which the United States, like a melting pot, transforms immigrants from all over the world into new people, Americans. There is some tension between this concept and the thinking of Jewish territorialism, which Zangwill supported at the same time.

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Rochelson, Meri-Jane, “Melting Pot”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0533>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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