In effect, the people of America did not bring their democracy with them, nor did they find it here. They made it from the interaction of many ideas and interests as defined by many groups. The clash of these ideas generated pressures upon both individuals and groups to make decisions that, in turn, simply created new demands for new groups. In that momentum one finds the origin, meaning and purpose of America.
- Joseph O'Grady, How the Irish Became Americans
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