Face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter IX) on Rap Genius

Meaning

After the first Dutch settler’s initial encounter with the “new world”, America could never again hold “the capacity” of opportunities for success and prosperity as it once did. Societal discrimination, like slavery and native American genocide, tainted America’s potential as a new world of equal opportunity and freedom.

America pre-settlement

Slavery in America

native Americans

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