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    does not carry the baggage of ???????

    Hi everbody,
    I have trouble with the following sentences." If the mode of entry of the new group does not carry the baggage of having become part of the United States through bloodshed." what should I understand from "carry the baggage of".

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    Re: does not carry the baggage of ???????

    I think some additional context would be helpful. Else we would be speculating more than any of us seems willing to do.

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    Re: does not carry the baggage of ???????

    here is the full paragraph;

    First: The model of entry. If the mode of entry of the new group does not carry the baggage of having become part of the United States through bloodshed. There were the American Indian wars, the wars with Mexico and with Spain, and the Civil War, all wars that resulted in new citizens, America`s minorities (the Asian American the exception here, historically, though there was the 1880 rebellion in Hawaii, American`s entry into the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against China, and wars with Japan, Korea, Vietnam).

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    Re: does not carry the baggage of ???????

    Quote Originally Posted by goekhan View Post
    here is the full paragraph;

    First: The model of entry. If the mode of entry of the new group does not carry the baggage of having become part of the United States through bloodshed. There were the American Indian wars, the wars with Mexico and with Spain, and the Civil War, all wars that resulted in new citizens, America`s minorities (the Asian American the exception here, historically, though there was the 1880 rebellion in Hawaii, American`s entry into the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against China, and wars with Japan, Korea, Vietnam).
    That doesn't help much more. Unfortunately, your paragraph isn't written in sentences, and carries no proposition in the first few sentences. The missing context is what this is the "First" of.
    To "carry baggage" generally means in this sense, as a metaphor, to bear some politically uncomfortable, or unresolved tensions from the past.
    When we say someone is "carrying baggage" from their childhood, or from an earlier marriage, it means that they have unresolved issues (usually psychological/emotional in this context) that still affects the way they behave in a negative manner.

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    Re: does not carry the baggage of ???????

    It's not very good writing, but the baggage means the negative perceptions, issues and problems that come from negative past experiences.

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