Our Country: Its Possible Future and Its Present Crisis

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temptation to destroy, all brought into evil conjunction, THEN will come the real test of our institutions, then will appear whether we are capable of self-government.


CHAPTER XI.
THE INFLUENCE OF EARLY SETTLERS.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, on being asked when the training of a child should begin, replied: "A hundred years before he is born." Not only should it begin then, it does; for inheritance, together with that which necessarily accompanies it, is the great conservative influence which perpetuates national characteristics, and preserves the identity of races. In the case of nations, education, though it may modify the results of inheritance, is, itself, for the most part, determined by inheritance. What is the difference between North and South America? It is the difference between the Anglo-Saxon race and the Spanish race. What is the difference between Massachusetts and Virginia? It is the difference between the Pilgrim and the cavalier. How unlike are Boston, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Montreal, and Quebec? Religiously, morally, intellectually, socially, commercially, in enterprise and spirit, they differ to-day pretty much as their founders differed generations ago. It is true of the city and nation as of the herb, that its seed is in itself, after its kind.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Prefatory Note. ii
  • INTRODUCTION. iii
  • Contents viii
  • Chapter I. The Time Factor in the Problem. 1
  • Chapter Iii. Western Supremacy. 7
  • Chapter Iv. Perils--Immigration. 30
  • Chapter Vi. Perils.--Mormonism. 46
  • Chapter Vii. Perms.--Intemperance. 59
  • Chapter Viii. Perils.--Socialism. 68
  • Chapter Ix. Perils.--Wealth. 85
  • Chapter X. Perils.--The City. 112
  • Chapter Xi. The Influence of Early Settlers. 128
  • Chapter Xii. The Exhaustion of the Public Lands. 144
  • Chapter Xiii. The Anglo-Saxon and the World's Future. 159
  • INDEX. 223
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