The Melting Pot idea of American society is an old one. America is not a blended society but multicultural society of people with different cultures and religions that maintain their differences but exist under the umbrella term “American”.

The old melting pot idea was a metaphor that promoted America as an ideal society or “promised land” in the 18th and 19th centuries. It basically suggested that immigrants to the country shed their past identities and took on the new ways of their new country. Critics of the metaphor say that it overlooks the history of African Americans and American Indians in the United States.

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