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Foreigners

Volume VIII, Number 1 | winter 2014

Preamble

Them

By Lewis H. Lapham

When we talk about the foreign, the question becomes one of us versus them. But in the end, is one just the opposite side of the other? 

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Miscellany

Noah Webster, creator of the first widely used American English dictionary, wrote that “the English, neglecting the beauty and regularity of their own language, adopt foreign words in their foreign spelling; thus incommoding all ordinary readers among their own citizens, and multiplying anomalies, till the orthography of their language falls little short of the confusion of tongues at Babel.”

“Abroad,” that large home of ruined reputations.

- George Eliot, 1866

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2014:

Walmart workers use Black Friday as a chance to protest working conditions.

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Woolworth’s employees stage a sit-in for higher pay.

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Lapham's Quarterly presents our fourth annual gala with a celebration of the revolutionary 1780s, the decade when Wolfgang Amadaeus Mozart was topping the charts, the new American states squabbled over their constitution, and Marie Antionette reached the highest and lowest points in her royal career. 

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