December 17, 2014

1907 Teddy Roosevelt On Immigration

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Teddy Said It

Now and then I get emails that pique my interest, especially if they have a historical bent.  One such email was a quote by Theodore Roosevelt on immgration that he made in 1907. I think it sums up my views precisely, so I’m posting it here.  Here is what Teddy said:

‘In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.’

As it was then, so it should be now. My Swedish ancestors came here and did all those things willingly, with no thoughts to do otherwise.

Source:

Snopes: Sole Loyalty


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