[Ads-l] The United States Is/Are

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Aug 11 18:52:34 UTC 2016

I first heard this 30 or more years ago.

Fred Shapiro

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Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:42 PM
Subject: Re: The United States Is/Are

On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 4:27 PM, Bill Mullins <amcombill at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Does anyone know where this originated?

I heard this claim made by Ken Burns in commentary at the end of his 1990
American television documentary miniseries about the American Civil War.

Hadn't heard the claim made before; haven't heard it made since.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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