The French in America
In America Series
Submitter: I present to you the “In America” series. Most are from the 1960’s, although a few were revised around 1980. The content isn’t so bad, except it’s outdated – The Puerto Ricans in America was written about the same time as West Side Story, and The Mexicans in America is the – OMG!!! – REVISED edition, copyright 1969!!! Also, observe the list of titles: I’m pretty damn sure we shouldn’t keep a book with The Negro or The Jews in huge letters on the spine.
My favorite thing about them is the back cover, where it asks, “Who are these people?” I mean, I ask the same question every time a car with Quebec plates cuts me off in traffic… but I don’t think I mean it the same way the book does.
[Or is this] the most awful part of this awful series? Prepare yourself – what you will see in the picture [below] will be a shock – you are about to find out that Russians and Jews are exactly the same.
Holly: Books about cultures should be kept current so that terminology is not offensive, for sure. There are lots of beautiful culture books available that include a history of how/why/when they came to America, but which are more respectful (especially of their diversity! Geez, you think they could come up with a different picture for The Russians and The Jews!).