The Free Man

The Free Man

The Free Man

The Free Man

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Nearly everywhere in the valleys of Southern and Central Pennsylvania may be seen today faces unmistakably from along the Rhine. These are loyal Americans who have been here for 200 years, the Pennsylvania Dutch. They and their fathers fought in the French and Indian wars, in the Mexican, Civil and Spanish wars, and in the World wars. Some were our highest ranking generals, and thousands have gone out to help colonize our other states. Perhaps in an understanding of the Pennsylvania Dutch, their loyalty to democracy and their love of peace may be found the secret of a peaceful Europe in the years to come.

The author wishes to acknowledge his own Pennsylvania Dutch origins of mingled German, English, French, Scots-Irish and other blood that has been in America from 100 to 250 years. The sound of the Pennsylvania dialect, not a corruption of German as some suppose but a more ancient, earthy and less serious-hearted tongue, has been familiar in his ears from childhood. The original Barbara Wenz, burned publicly in Holland with her tongue screwed fast in her mouth, was his ancestor, and the name of the im-

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