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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Founder's Opinions

The Founders also had a lot to say about immigration. Ben Franklin was especially worried about other Europeans:

...in Europe, the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians, and Swedes are generally of what we call a swarthy complexion; as are the Germans also, the saxons only excepted, who with the English make the principal body of white people on the face of the earth. I would wish their numbers were increased...But perhaps I am partial to the complexion of my country, for such kind of pariality is natural to mankind.

Paul Johnson recounts Franklin's further frustration with all the Germans settling in Pennsylvania:

He [Franklin] was not at all happy about the number of Germans coming to America, especially to Pennsylvania, where they tended to vote en bloc, the fist instance of ethnicity in politics. 'Why should the Palatine boor be suffered to swarm into our settlements and, by herding together, establish their language and manners to the exclusion of ours? Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a colony of aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us, instead of Anglicising them?'

Apparently Franklin at one point considered monetary rewards to encourage Englishmen to marry German woman, but eventually dismissed the idea stating "German women are so generally disagreeable that it would require great portions to induce Englishmen to marry them."

Is this true? Is anyone here married to a German woman?

Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

I'm 1/4 Dutch. Is that close?

7:38 AM, May 24, 2006  

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