Our America

Our America

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After you’ve read “Nuestra América,”. In your own words, try your best to try to explain and unpack (to “translate,” in a way) what Martí is saying. Indicate which excerpt you’ve chosen. Don’t be afraid to cite something small from within the selection, to allow you to get specific. As you explain, or after you interpret your excerpt, comment thoughtfully.

— In America the natural man has triumphed over the imported book. Natural men have triumphed over an artificial intelligentsia. The native mestizo has triumphed over the alien, pure-blooded criollo. The battle is not between civilization and barbarity, but between false erudition and nature. The natural man is good, and esteems and rewards a superior intelligence as long as that intelligence does not use his submission against him or offend him by ignoring him-for that the
natural man deems unforgivable, and he is prepared to use force to regain the respect of anyone who wounds his sensibilities or harms his interests. The tyrants of America have come to power by acquiescing to these scorned natural elements and have fallen as soon as they betrayed them. The republics have purged the former tyrannies of their inability to know the true elements of the country, derive the form of government from them, and govern along with them. Governor, in a new
country, means Creator.

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