Chronicles Magazine Culture

Real Diversity

"By Tre, Pol, or Pen ye may know most Cornishmen." This simple rhyme was known to nearly everyone in the mining camps of the Old West and probably to much of the general population in America during the 19th century.

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  • VIEWS

    Sic et Non?

    A number of years ago, when I was teaching a ninth-grade religion class (in Switzerland, where religion is taught in public schools), one of the boys said to me, "All religions teach the same thing."

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  • Perspective

    Friday Breakfast

    Robinson Crusoe, as the lit boys would say, is an "iconic" character, whose mastery over nature—and over the savage Friday—expresses the West's sometimes contemptuous sense of superiority over other cultures.

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