LETTER:Un-Americans

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The Independent Online
From Professor Richard N. Swift

Sir: Appropriately enough, on (American) Independence Day, 4 July, your reporter, Tim Glover, referred to Pete Sampras as "the American with the un-American name". There are no "un-American names". As Franklin Roosevelt said over 50 years ago, "we [Americans] are a nation of immigrants", and many of us are proud of that fact. Americans are defined by their citizenship, not their names. Presumably, even British sports writers who have embraced Greg Rusedski will come to understand that, properly speaking, there are no "un-British" names either.

Yours sincerely,

Richard N. Swift

(Professor Emeritus of Politics

New York University)

London, W11

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