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There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism - Theodore Roosevelt
Roosevelt Speech to The Knights of Columbus ^ | 10/12/1915 | Theodore Roosevelt

Posted on 05/01/2010 1:00:29 PM PDT by PanzerKardinal

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.

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The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic

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There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

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For an American citizen to vote as a German-American, an Irish-American, or an English-American is to be a traitor to American Institutions; and those hyphenated Americans who terrorize American politicians by threats of foreign votes are engaged with treason to the American Republic.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: americanism; immigration; mexico; roosevelt

1 posted on 05/01/2010 1:00:29 PM PDT by PanzerKardinal
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To: PanzerKardinal

Excellent find - thanks.


2 posted on 05/01/2010 1:05:41 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: PanzerKardinal

The time and circumstances of TR’s speech need mention. He was trying to move America into WWI. Two vocal groups opposing this were Irish and German Americans. At the time the two largest immigrant or 3nd generation Americans. Each had nationalistic reasons for opposing the war against Germany, and TR wanted to force a choice between what was good for America (joining the Allies) and what was good for Germany or Ireland.While I would argue that entry was not good for America, TR was attempting to equate joining the war with American patriotism.


3 posted on 05/01/2010 1:10:06 PM PDT by xkaydet65 (Never compromise with evil! Even in the face of Armageddon!! Rorshach)
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To: Talisker
It is excellent quote.

McCain in his book said he was a Roosevelt Republican. Teddy Roosevelt. Personally, I think closer to Franklin Delano myself.

Teddy Roosevelt said in this speech to the Knights of Columbus in 1915:

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism... a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts "native" before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else.

The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

For an American citizen to vote as a German-American, an Irish-American, or an English-American, is to be a traitor to American institutions; and those hyphenated Americans who terrorize American politicians by threats of the foreign vote are engaged in treason to the American Republic.



4 posted on 05/01/2010 1:15:47 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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5 posted on 05/01/2010 1:27:03 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: PanzerKardinal

why is he referred to as Colonel? The date of this article is October 13, 1915, and he would already served as President. Different Roosevelt?


6 posted on 05/01/2010 1:27:54 PM PDT by jester221 (Stupid pills, with all due respect, should have an obama-proof lid)
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To: PanzerKardinal

I have little use for the Teddy Roosevelt, the Progressive RINO of his day. Was a Progressive and even left the Pubbie party to run as an independent because we were not leftist enough for me.


7 posted on 05/01/2010 2:05:58 PM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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To: PanzerKardinal

A hyphenated American is an American with divided loyalties. At the most critical moment a hyphenated American will stick a shiv in the ribs of a genuine American.


8 posted on 05/01/2010 3:57:34 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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