WEB EXCLUSIVE: Et Tu Mrs. Goldberg?

Special to the Jewish Week

American schools used to teach a version of the history of immigration to the New World that was based on a happy-talk model in which everyone came here seeking freedom and prosperity, faced a brief period of hostility, then assimilated painlessly into the "melting pot" of a universally healthy culture.

Every immigrant group made its contribution to America, which was usually highlighted by cuisine and a couple of ethnic heroes, preferably non-controversial ones like athletes and movie stars.

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