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Learning from the Latins: Waldo Frank's Progressive Pan-Americanism Sebastiaan Faber Oberlin College In Praise of the Sleeping Virgin (Waldo Frank Visits Spain) Waldo Frank, the American cultural critic who visited Spain in the early 1920s and immediately fell in love with the country, ends his Virgin Spain (1926) with a fictional dialogue between Cervantes and Columbus that, to today's reader, sounds uncannily prophetic and at the same time hopelessly outdated. The writer and the discoverer are standing at the Spanish Atlantic shore. Columbus, whose eyesight has weakened, asks Cervantes to look westward across the ocean and tell him what he sees. "I see America," Cervantes says. Looking again more carefully, he exclaims: A City of White Towers! The men who live in it are little motes. Yet they uphold these Towers! And in their hand, they wield a golden weapon making them the world's master. . . . [But t]hey are not masters of themselves. They are full of chaos . . . Chaos of races, traditions, dreams. They are uneasy. They build the Towers higher. . . . They have lost sight of the True God. Yet they are full of God-hunger, of God-search. To their own works they turn -- and worship God in these. As it turns out, the people who inhabit these chaotic Americas are "dumb as children,"...