Quotation by Edna Ferber

America—rather, the United States—seems to me to be the Jew among the nations. It is resourceful, adaptable, maligned, envied, feared, imposed upon. It is warm-hearted, overfriendly; quick-witted, lavish, colorful; given to extravagant speech and gestures; its people are travelers and wanderers by nature, moving, shifting, restless; swarming in Fords, in ocean liners; craving entertainment; volatile. The schnuckle among the nations of the world.
Edna Ferber (1887–1968), U.S. writer. A Peculiar Treasure, ch. 1 (1939).

Compare this quote with Herman Melville's, "We Americans are the peculiar, chosen people—the Israel of our time; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world." (From White-Jacket, 1850).
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