My father’s side of the family came over on the Mayflower. My Irish Nana sailed across the Atlantic on a cow boat from Ireland. My older sister’s husband is Jewish. My younger sister is married to an African American with Indian blood. My next-door neighbors in my old hometown were Neapolitans who emigrated from Argentina. I have friends from every race, religion, and nation.

“Whence came all these people?” wrote J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer.

We came from everywhere and we still come from everywhere, because that is the American way.

Happy July 4th

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