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Hello,

I was reading "Forging a New Vision of America's Melting Pot " by Gregory Rodriguez from the New American Foundation.

1)

WHILE visiting Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, Henry James wondered how the sweeping tide of immigrants would ultimately affect the idea of America.
(In the first paragraph on page 1)

Could this "Henry James" be this person [a biography on wiki page ]?
There is no footnote about this person on my textbook.

2)

In any case, as the memoirist John Phillip Santos wrote recently, ''Mexicans are to forgetting what the Jews are to remembering.''
(In the second paragraph on page 2)

What l learn is "something/somebody [be] to do something," not "to doing something."
I am confused...

3)

The New York-based Ford Foundation was instrumental in creating three of the most visible national Mexican-American organizations -- all modeled after similar black organizations.
(In the fourth paragraph on page 2)

The wording on my textbook is

The New York-based Ford Foundation was instrumental increating three of the most visible national Mexican-American organizations -- all modeled after similar black organizations.
So it is a proofreading error on my textbook?

4)

In 1925, the romantic Mexican philosopher José Vasconcelos wrote that the Latin American mestizo heralds a new post-racialist era in human development.
(In the second paragraph on page 3)

What does "romantic" mean here? idealistic?

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Q1 - Yes, Henry James was a very famous American author.
Q2 - Mexicans are to forgetting what the Jews are to remembering.
This is making an analogy: It is associating "forgetting" with Mexicans, and "remembering" with Jews, saying that the underlying relationship is the same. Here is a another example:
Astronomy is to astrology as chemistry is to alchemy.
Q3 - I think they missed the typo in the editing.
Q4 - Romanticism is a genre in literature and music - emphasizing emotion and imagination versus intellect and factual expression. It means unrealistic, fanciful, idealistic.
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Thanks for clearing my confusion!