YANKEE CULTURE--THE IMMIGRANT'S HOPE
SHALL we now have done with statistical data and discuss the future of New England?
It has been seen that the people who inhabit this section are heterogeneous, and instead of resembling the nearly pure Yankee stock of forty years ago, are preëminently European. They will so continue unless Yankee culture, surviving the Yankee, becomes their culture. In this case it is not improbable that they will ultimately bear the characteristics that earlier connoted the American.
Are there chances of this latter consummation? Not many--perhaps none--unless an inspired leadership is developed. This plainly will not come from the mature New Englander now in the saddle. He has shown no aptitude for spiritual problems of this character. Neither can it develop in the fine leadership of those groups of new citizens who remain loyal to the impulse which brought them across seas. They and their children are not lacking in ardor, but Yankee