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An introduction by Bob Chodos A century ago, in October 1908, a new play by British writer Israel Zangwill opened in Washington, D.C. Its subject was the cultural and political issues raised by mass immigration to the United States. Zangwill drew on his own Jewish background in his portrayal of the main character, David Quixano, and his family. David is an orphan whose parents were killed in the Kishinev pogrom of 1903; he now lives in New York with his uncle and elderly grandmother. He is wildly enthusiastic about his adopted country:

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