The Confession of a Hyphenated American (Google eBook)

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Fleming H. Revell Company, 1916 - Aliens - 63 pages
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Page 10 - Lives there a man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said — This is my own, my native land ! " And the wretch whose heart did not vibrate at the thought is unworthy of the being with which heaven has endowed him. The love of our countrymen, and a desire for their advancement, is not so romantic a feeling, but a more...
Page 53 - ... duties conscientiously. I am not sure that the attempt to accelerate naturalization, by making the process easier, may not end in cheapening it still further. I believe that every man who wishes to become a citizen ought to be willing to take pains and make sacrifices, if necessary, to gain that end. Citizenship is too valuable a possession to be thrown at people, and it is a mistaken notion to believe that because a man has taken out his naturalization papers he is necessarily a patriot. In...
Page 52 - Americanize you," there will be organized efforts to resist us, and the resistance will grow with our insistence. We have, I am sure, lost many opportunities to interpret America to the immigrant, especially to the adult. He does not come in contact with any of our national institutions except the saloon and the police court. If he does become a citizen he usually attains to that high and holy privilege through the venal politician. The whole process of naturalization, which has received some attention...
Page 56 - ... the community in which he lives. It is more necessary to prohibit the sale of liquor to certain groups of immigrants than to the Indians : for the most docile and law-abiding among them are turned into fiends by its use. It has been one of the most potent agencies in despoiling and corrupting them. A rigid insistence upon economic and social justice, and the assurance that the state looks upon them as something more than animated machines, to be used and abused at the owners...
Page 53 - The whole process of naturalization, which has received some attention in these later years, needs to be further revised and improved ; especially by dignifying it and by making the applicant realize that it is a privilege which he may forfeit if he does not perform its duties conscientiously. I am not sure that the attempt to accelerate naturalization, by making the process easier, may not end in cheapening it still further. I believe that every man who wishes to become a citizen ought to be willing...
Page 55 - ... and has lived up to it. These rigid tests might be difficult to apply, but certainly I should be greatly opposed to any cheapening of the process. The exploited immigrant is very poor material for good citizenship, whether that exploitation has been made by the shrewder and earlier comers among his own, which is frequently the case, by heartless corporations, or by petty officials who are supposed to protect him. Our satellite cities, crude, huge, springing up to-day and ready to perish to-morrow,...
Page 54 - ... is already an American in spirit ; that he knows the meaning of liberty and has not abused it ; and that he is capable of cooperating with others in realizing that freedom. He ought to be able to prove that he has left behind him Europe's racial, religious and national animosities and prejudices. He ought not to become a child of this democracy, and, as often happens, an added care, until he has proved that he knows its meaning and has lived up to it.
Page 54 - We should apply a test more searching than the mere answering of a few questions which may be learned by rote. No man should be allowed to become a citizen unless his conduct, during five years...
Page 40 - I refuse to be patriotic in the European sense — which means to believe everything bad about other nations and nothing but good about your own, and to hate with desperate hatred the people living yonder, where they have painted another colour on the custom house barrier. If to be an American, a real American, and a patriot, is merely that same thing, then frankly I am neither an American nor a patriot ; for in America I have been emancipated from the patriotism of hate.
Page 11 - ... so dangerous. I have visited every foreign colony between Angel Gate on the Pacific and Hell Gate on the Atlantic ; and while I have found the mother tongue surviving in mutilated form among the older generation, and discovered that the most loyal part of our anatomy, the stomach...

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