The German Element in the United States with Special Reference to Its Political, Moral, Social, and Educational Influence - Vol. II

The German Element in the United States with Special Reference to Its Political, Moral, Social, and Educational Influence - Vol. II

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The German Element in the United States with Special Reference to Its Political, Moral, Social, and Educational Influence - Vol. II

The German Element in the United States with Special Reference to Its Political, Moral, Social, and Educational Influence - Vol. II

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The value of any foreign immigration is dependent upon two factors, first, upon the readiness of its assimilation with the native stock, and secondly, upon the more positive quality of favorable influence upon the adopted country. In the historical outline presented in the first volume, the value of the German element becomes manifest mainly when measured by the standard of assimilation. This assimilating process was accelerated by three causes: first, by kinship with other leading formative elements of the nation; secondly, by equal distribution of the German population over the whole territory of the United States; and finally, by the extensive settlement of the German colonists on the frontier and in Western territory, where the moulding forces typically American were most potent.

It will be the purpose of the remaining portion of the present work to apply to the German element the second standard of measurement, that of favorable influence upon the land and people of the United States. Frequent illustrations of such influence have already been furnished in the historical narrative of the first volume. From the very beginning of the colonial period and continuously throughout the history of the United States, the Germans were seen to furnish brawn, brain, and blood in the building of . . .

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