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On Discovering America

by Pearl S. Buck


June 1937

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Immigrants Statue

In a moving challenge to all Americans who foment prejudice and back legislation against the foreign-born, Pearl Buck, long an alien in foreign lands, and recently returned a stranger to her own country, brings personal observation and the wisdom of the long view to her picture of America, as it is, and as it is bound to be.

We are all immigrants—in the long view that Miss Buck expresses in our leading article this month. And so we present one of the outstanding public monuments in the United States, Maurice Sterne's memorial for Worcester, Mass., to the settlers of New England, as it looks from the rear: to give a sense of a procession of America's discoverers and settlers in which we—foreign-born and native offspring—march after these earlier men and women. Mr. Sterne, who is a distinguished painter as well as sculptor, came to this country from Russia as a boy of twelve.


Kay Davis, University of Virginia, © 2001-2003