On Becoming an American: Some Meditations of a Newly Naturalized Immigrant

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Marshall Jones Company, 1918 - Assimilation (Sociology) - 186 pages
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Page 52 - To love, honour, and succour my father and mother: To honour and obey the King, and all that are put in authority under him: To submit myself to all my governors, teachers, spiritual pastors and masters: To order myself lowly and reverently to all my betters...
Page 69 - Church, and to the salvation of souls, which was called by our Predecessor Gregory XVI. (lately quoted) the insanity (Encycl. 13 August, 1832) (deliramentutn), namely, that ' liberty of conscience and of worship is the right of every man...
Page 52 - To bear no malice nor hatred in my heart. To keep my hands from picking and stealing, and my tongue from evil speaking, lying, and slandering. To keep my body in temperance, soberness and chastity. Not to covet nor desire other men's goods ; but to learn and labour truly to get mine own living, and to do my duty in that state of life, unto which it shall please God to call me.
Page 30 - ... that he will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and bear true faith and allegiance to the same.
Page 65 - The question with me is, not whether you have a right to render your people miserable ; but whether it is / not your interest to make them happy. It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do ; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tell me I ought to do.
Page 54 - ... Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families...
Page 86 - Verboten" which Germany has written upon the sea and upon the land. For America is not the name of so much territory. It is a living spirit, born in travail, grown in the rough school of bitter experiences, a living spirit which has purpose and pride, and...
Page 86 - ... knows why it wishes to live and to what end, knows how it comes to be respected of the world, and hopes to retain that respect by living on with the light of Lincoln's love of man as its old and new testament. It is more precious that this America should live than that .we Americans should live. And this America as we now see has been challenged from the first of this war by the strong arm of a power that has no sympathy with our purpose, and will not hesitate to destroy us if the law that we...
Page 54 - This is what you shall do : love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labour to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence...
Page 34 - ... general men are ungrateful, inconstant, hypocritical, fearful of danger, and covetous of gain : whilst they receive any benefit by you, and the danger is at a distance, they are absolutely yours ; their blood, their estates, their lives, and their children (as I said before) are all at your service; but when mischief is at hand, and you have present need of their help, they make no scruple to revolt.

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