A Picture of Americans
It is a strange and curios picture of Americans. If ever a people had behind them a tradition of great purposes, termendous dreams, the people of America have that tradition. There is not one of us, there is not a child in this Pepublic, who does not know the story. No force of terror, nopressure of population, drove our ancestors across this continent. They came as the great explorers crossed the Atlantic, because of the imagination of their minds -because they imagined a better, a more beautiful, a freer, happier world; because they were men not only of courage, not only of strength and hardiness, but of warm and vivid desire; because they desired; because they had the power to desire.
-Archibald MacLeish: A Countinuing Journey