Anna Quindlen wrote the story identifying America as a quilt of a country. She described America using lots of different metaphors to show that even tho theres lots of different qualities they all unite to make one. She describes america with that metaphor but also establishes its difficult time of prejudice and human maltreatment. She writes about the stuff that makes america a horrible country but also about how all those things still making america a working, powerful , and united country.
America has lots of different religions and customs inside of the country which Anna uses as the comparison to the quilt. Anna goes on to quote a historian in order to build off of the idea and make an analogy that america is a quilt. By quoting the historian she creates a clear image of what she is trying to say to the readers. After that she goes on to talk about the idea of trying to treat everyone equally has failed , she proves that by talking about the lynching of blacks