The metaphor of the “melting pot” to describe America can be a bit misleading. Maybe a more accurate analogy would be a salad bowl, for though the salad is an entity; the lettuce can still be distinguished from the chicory, the tomatoes from the cabbage. ~Carl N. Degler from Out of Our Past: The Force that Shaped Modern America
Carl Neumann Degler was a United States historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He was the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History Emeritus at Stanford University. See the books by Carl N. Degler on Amazon.