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an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
crucible, melting pot(noun)
a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions
(Sociology) (fig.) A place where people of different backgrounds become similar in culture. The United States has often been referred to as a melting pot, though the differences in cultures of recently arrived immigrants persists beyond the generation of immigrants.
A crucible, or similar pot, used to fuse mixtures of metals etc.
A place where many divergent things (often races or cultures, but also talents) come together and are homogenized.
The melting pot is a metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous, the different elements "melting together" into a harmonious whole with a common culture. It is particularly used to describe the assimilation of immigrants to the USA; the melting-together metaphor was in use by the 1780s. After 1970 the desirability of assimilation and the melting pot model was challenged by proponents of multiculturalism, who assert that cultural differences within society are valuable and should be preserved, proposing the alternative metaphor of the mosaic, salad bowl or "American Kaleidoscope" – different cultures mix, but remain distinct.
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I ate corned beef at Katz's, New York's greatest, greasiest, pickle-lined melting pot.
We are an amazing culture here in the U.S. We're a melting pot, but we should include white people in that, too.
We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
The type of monuments that are in Sultanahmet Square are the type that ISIS has been blowing up in Syria, it's seen as a place where you have a mesh of different entities. It's a real melting pot.
You, the Spirit of the Settlement ... Not understand that America is God's crucible, the great melting-pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming Here, you stand, good folk, think I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups, with your fifty languages and histories, and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries...
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