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I shall furthermore assume that historical forces operate across the board, even though they may appear in particular ethnic emanations, creating such phenomena of trans-ethnic importance as the Beat Generation. A good illustration of literature as such a cultural code is provided by the carefully detailed ethnic rooms which appear in American writing as obvious maps for characters and readers. A good example from the mid-nineteenth century appears in Emil Klauprecht's novel Cincinnati; oder, Geheimnisse des Western (1853-54)—which is, incidentally, also full of hymns of revulsion toward the Queen City of the 16 BEYOND ETHNICITY West; it is the meticulously detailed description of the Hotel Dumas, frequented by free colored travelers.
Schechter then sketched the following context in order to illustrate his assertion: The history of the United States does not begin with the Red Indian, and the genesis of its spiritual life is not to be traced back to the vagaries of some peculiar sects. This country is, as everybody knows, a creation of the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, and the Bible is still holding its own, exercising enormous influence as a real spiritual power, in spite of all the destructive tendencies, mostly of foreign make.
This has been true of all the main bases of particularistic solidarity, ethnicity, religion, regionalism, state's rights and class. Today, more than ever before, we are witnessing an acceleration in the emancipation of individuals of all categories from these diffuse particularistic solidarities. (739) In the introduction to their influential collection Ethnicity: Theory and Experience (1975), Nathan Glazer and Daniel Patrick Moynihan added the term "radical expectancy" in order to describe the belief that "class circumstances would become the main line of division 20 Beyond Ethnicity 21 between people, erasing the earlier lines of tribe, language, religion, and national origin, and that thereafter these class divisions would themselves, after revolution, disappear" (7).