Races and Immigrants in America

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Macmillan, 1907 - United States - 242 pages
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Page 27 - ... France to this country has never included many peasants and wage earners, but has been limited to the adventurous and educated. Had the French Canadians, who represent the peasantry of France, been included in these comparisons, the proportion of French eminence would have been reduced materially. The same is true of the English. Although sprung from one race, those who came to America represented at least two grades of society as widely apart as two races. The Pilgrims and Puritans of New England...
Page 44 - States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without the due process of law ; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Page 113 - Whereas the right of expatriation is a natural and inherent right of all people, indispensable to the enjoyment of the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and whereas in the recognition of this principle this government has freely received emigrants from all nations, and invested them with the rights of citizenship; and whereas it is claimed that such American citizens, with their...
Page 33 - Germans were induced to indenture themselves to the settlers to whom they were auctioned off in payment for transportation. Probably one half of all the immigrants of the colonial period came under this system of postpaid transportation. It was in Pennsylvania that the largest portion of the Scotch-Irish settled, and, before the time of the revolution, that colony had become the most populous and most diversified of all the colonies. It was the only colony, except Maryland, that tolerated Roman Catholics,...
Page 154 - ... resist the pressure of long hours and overexertion, the employers substitute another race, and the process is repeated. Each race comes from a country lower in the scale than that of the preceding, until finally the ends of the earth have been ransacked in the search for low standards of living combined with patient industriousness.
Page 200 - The American shrank from the industrial competition thus thrust upon him. He was unwilling himself to engage in the lowest kind of day labor with these new elements of the population ; he was even more unwilling to bring sons and daughters into the world to enter into that competition.
Page 173 - Example after example might be given of tenementhouse families in which the parents — industrious peasant laborers — have found themselves disgraced by idle and vicious grown sons and daughters. Cases taken from the records of charitable societies almost at random show these facts again and again.
Page 108 - The desire to get cheap labor, to take in passenger fares and to sell land have probably brought more immigrants than the hard conditions of Europe, Asia, and Africa have sent us.
Page 29 - ... English were almost wholly from races closely allied to the English. These were principally the Dutch, Swedes, Germans, and Scotch-Irish, which with the English, as Professor Commons has pointed out, were, less than two thousand years ago, all one Germanic race in the forests surrounding the North Sea. " It is the distinctive fact regarding colonial migration that it was Teutonic in blood and Protestant in religion.
Page 145 - Chinese labor, and their declarations upon this point will find ready acquiescence in the minds of all Filipinos with but few exceptions. The truth is that from a political standpoint the unlimited introduction of the Chinese into these islands would be a great mistake. I believe the objection on the part of the Filipinos to such a course to be entirely logical and justified. The development of these islands by Chinamen would be at the expense of the Filipino people, and they may very well resent...

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