The Italian Contribution to American Democracy

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Christopher Publishing House, 1921 - Italians - 317 pages

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Page 218 - They are beaten men from ) beaten races ; representing the worst failures in the struggle ) for existence. Centuries are against them, as centuries were on the side of those who formerly came to us.
Page 222 - If I were asked: What is the greatest danger which threatens the American republic to-day? I would certainly reply: The gradual dying out among our people of those hereditary traits through which the principles of our religious, political and social foundations were laid down and their insidious replacement by traits of less noble character.
Page 279 - ... natter ourselves is a conspicuous American characteristic. For surely an unprejudiced scrutiny of the American type does not establish the conviction that there is nothing further to be desired. There are points at which we are susceptible of improvement; there are qualities, of which we have now only a faint trace, for whose possession we should be justified in making some sacrifice. The Italians have a delight in simple pleasures, an appreciation for other things than mere financial success,...
Page 231 - Europe, contained a large and increasing number of the weak, the broken and the mentally crippled of all races drawn from the lowest stratum of the Mediterranean basin and the Balkans, together with hordes of the wretched, submerged populations of the Polish Ghettos.
Page 224 - In short, historical events appear to have been much more potent in leading races to civilization than their faculty, and it follows that achievements of races do not warrant us to assume that one race is more highly gifted than the other.
Page 35 - It is the exception if the son of the immigrant who "works at shovel" or "goes with the hod" grows up to use the same tool. If the son of a bootblack chooses that profession, it is generally found that, while his father carried a kit, his idea is to advance at least to the dignity of a chair, which represents a certain amount of capital invested and a comparatively...
Page 303 - ... good neighbor ; who believes loyally and with all his heart in his country's institutions, and in the underlying principles on which these institutions are built ; who directs both his private and his public life by sound principles ; who cherishes high ideals ; and who aims to train his children for a useful life and for their country's service.
Page 313 - Immigration in its Relation to Pauperism," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, XXIV (1904), 187.
Page 296 - ... must do when he reaches school is to sit still, at least part of the time, and he must learn to listen to what is said to him, with all the perplexity of listening to a foreign tongue. He does not find this very stimulating, and is slow to respond to the more subtle incentives of the schoolroom. The peasant child is perfectly indifferent to showing off and making a good recitation. He leaves all that to his schoolfellows, who are more sophisticated and equipped with better English.
Page 295 - The educators should certainly conserve the learning and training necessary for the successful individual and family life, but should add to that a preparation for the enlarged social efforts which our increasing democracy requires. The democratic ideal demands of the school that it shall give the child's own experience a social value; that it shall teach him to direct his own activities and adjust them to those of other people.

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