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      Panel Discussion: "Did Americans Ever Get Along?" in Salinas

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      August 2, 2019

      Friday   6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

      1 Main Street
      Salinas, California 93901

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      Panel Discussion: "Did Americans Ever Get Along?"

      The National Steinbeck Center kicks off the 2019 Steinbeck Festival "In Search of America" with a FREE panel discussion entitled "Did Americans Ever Get Along?" moderated by Gregory Rodriguez, Founder & Publisher of Zócalo Public Square. Reception to follow the panel discussion.

      Time: 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
      National Steinbeck Center
      One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901
      FREE. RSVP required via EventBrite:

      About the Panel Discussion:

      "From the first we have treated our minorities abominably, the way the old boys do the new kids in school," Steinbeck wrote in "E Pluribus Unum," an essay in American and Americans. American identity, the author argued, was forged through this cruel process of hazing the newest, and that once any ethnic group was established, it would pick on the newly arriving group. "It occurs to me," he wrote, "that this very cruelty towards newcomers might go far to explain the speed with which the ethnic and national strangers merged with the 'Americans.'" Steinbeck's view of America calls for us to understand the conflicts that created our nation. How does a country made up of so many different people ultimately cohere? Does America deserve its reputation for being welcoming to immigrants? And do America's fissures and divisions ever completely go away? Cambridge University historian Gary Gerstle, Stanford University sociologist Tomás Jiménez, and University of Colorado historian and Center of the American West faculty director Patricia Limerick visit Zócalo and the National Steinbeck Center to examine the enduring tension between the pluribus and the unum.

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