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The Mortar of Assimilation


Caption: "The Mortar of Assimilation--And the One Element that Won't Mix"

Source: Puck
Date: June 26, 1889
Artist: C.J. Taylor
The accompanying Puck editorial asks "What is an American?" In response, it answers that an American is the assimilation of all immigrants who settled in this country, and urges everyone to be American, American born or American made. What else is the illustration communicating?