America’s heritage and ‘ancestral stocks’

Clinton Stoddard Burr wrote a book, published in 1922, which is very pertinent today. In the foreword, he indicates just how important he believed the subject he wrote on would be in the near, and more distant future. It seems he was prescient:

“The author of the following discourse is an average citizen of this Republic who perceives that the American People are on the threshold of the greatest crisis in their history. This volume, then, is intended primarily as a study of the significant facts respecting the population of the nation. The time is ripe to co-ordinate the essential data derived from a multitudinous variety of national records, for the edification of the present generation and those to come.

[…]A wide vista of fascinating fields of historical, anthropological and statistical research is open to those of us who would gain a deeper insight of the problem that faces the American people today and in the future. The writer feels that in imparting these views his motive is wholly a patriotic one, and he can only invoke the reader to peruse these lines in the same spirit. We all know how futile are learned discourses in appealing to the preoccupied business, professional, trades or agricultural men of the nation. Yet it is just these influential elements that can bring pressure to bear on our lawmakers to save the United States in its great crisis.

[…]In fact it is high time that we should comprehend the primary cause of the loathsome plague of anarchy and Bolshevism. It is time that we should be alive to the fact that most of the hordes of immigrants who have been pouring into the United States from countries of Southern and Eastern Europe, from lands inhabited by races impregnated with radicalism, Bolshevism and anarchy, belong for the most part to the lower strata of humanity from those regions, who prove to be most susceptible to the wiles of the radical agitator. Surely this view, in itself, is a logical plea in advocating restriction of a certain class of immigration.

[…] All thinking people are awakened to the realization that we must choose our future entrants to this country from such as show assimilable qualities of mind as well as favorable physical attributes. The callous exploiters of cheap labor and the incurable sentimentalists stand alone in their misplaced loyalty to our fatuous boast in the past that America was the haven of the down-and-out, the dependent, the oppressed, the pauper, the foreign agitator, the unassimilable and what not.”

In our day, the ‘callous exploiters of cheap labor and the incurable sentimentalists’ are legion, and their voices are drowning out those of the thinking citizens of this country. However there is at least now a chance for the concerns of native-born citizens of this country, especially the posterity of the founders, to be heard. The State of the Union address, and the discussion around possible curbs on immigration, however, has brought a new onslaught from the Open Borders zealots and their immigrant or would-be immigrant clients. There is a new chorus of importunate voices asserting the ‘right’ of everyone to claim a piece of America. Brazen Hispanic spokesmen insist that this country is theirs by rights, and that we, the progeny of the original colonists and Founders, have no right to object. I wonder if Burr could have imagined such gall.

But back in 1922, as Clinton Stoddard Burr was writing his book, he describes how the recent (1920) celebrations of the Pilgrims’ Tercentenary jogged the memory of America, reminding Americans that this country was, in fact, settled by a particular group of people, and that the country bore the stamp of that group genetically and culturally.

“The [Pilgrim Tercentenary] celebrations commemorated…above all, our three hundred years of expansion over a vast continent; in the main an Anglo-Saxon conquest over savagery and natural forces. […] It must not be forgotten that English thought, laws and government permeated the land from the arrival of the Mayflower up to the present day. Anglo-Saxon civilization actually gained a new stimulus by the defiance of a weak and unscrupulous monarch in 1776, and today the Englishman and the American are approaching the goal of perfect mutual and reciprocal relations tending to the welfare not alone of Anglo-Saxon communities, but also of the whole world.

[…]The significance of three centuries of American growth was briefly, but aptly, described by the British Ambassador, Sir Auckland Geddes, in the following words: ‘We have, in fact, to maintain the heritage of freedom against assault from within and without, the priceless heritage of a great idea conceived by the Nordic people and slowly and painfully brought into practice in workable form in England, then brought here and developed and strengthened, then passed to British Dominions, then transplanted into countries that never have understood it. It is now in danger from its popularity. Even its enemies try to conceal their actions behind its phrases.’

[…]When one member of a household contracts a terrible disease, are not the other members of the household liable to contagion? Then why do we still allow the dregs of Southern and Eastern European nations to swarm into our community by the thousands every day, when we know that there are hundreds of potential Bolshevists among them who may not be discovered under our hurried and superficial mental and literacy tests?”

The book can be found here at, where it may be downloaded or read. I recommend it to all who have an interest in America’s racial heritage. I may not agree 100 percent with Burr’s opinions — he’s perhaps too ‘civic nationalist’ and inclusive for me, but nonetheless the book is a refreshing change, a breath of fresh air in an atmosphere laden with lies about these crucial issues.


The “special relationship”

From the England Calling blog:

 There is a special relationship between England and America but it is not the one beloved of politicians. The special  relationship is one of history and culture. American culture is an evolved Englishness, much added to superficially but  still remarkably and recognisably English.”

The quote above is from a piece on that blog entitled Ultimately the USA is the child of England: no England, no United States.

Obviously I agree with that sentiment, because that is the gist of what this blog is meant to impart, and it’s only necessary to do so (though it shouldn’t be) because the current view of history is one that tries to diminish or deny the English origins of America.

As to the “special relationship” between England (or the United Kingdom) and the USA, unfortunately that phrase has been invoked in recent years only to refer to some kind of ideological kinship or agreement on principles between the two countries. We heard it invoked by Tony Blair and George Bush during the early days of the Iraq War. For some of us, that whole episode is best not spoken of. But the quote at the top of this post is right: the ‘special relationship’ is one of history, language, and culture. I would add: at least at the inception of this country, a relationship of blood.

The current administration made quite a point, in its early days, of repudiating, in act if not in word, the ‘special relationship.’ And not surprisingly. As fewer and fewer people of English descent have any real power in any branch of government.

I know that there is a certain type of American who bristles at any mention of our owing a cultural or historical debt to England, and usually this is because the offended person was brought up with a skewed view of history in which the English were seen not as our cousins, our kinsmen, but as some kind of foreign occupying power, and as our oppressors, as enemies of ”freedom” and “liberty”. In fact our very conception of liberty is one that developed in England and was transplanted to this country.

The first ten amendments which form  the American Bill of Rights draw their inspiration from the English Bill of Rights granted by William of Orange. The  American Revolution was conducted by men whose whole thought was in the English political tradition.”

Another kind of American objects to the statement that America is the offspring of England by saying that ”this is a nation of immigrants and most of us are descended from immigrants from other countries, therefore we outnumber the descendants of the colonists” or ”more Germans (or Scots-Irish, depending on the objecting person’s ancestry) settled here than English people. Did you know German almost became our official language?” But there is an objective truth at stake here, and other ethnic groups tend to take it as personal attack if anyone cites the English roots of this country.

As for the ethnic makeup of early America, the writer says

The English were the numerically dominant settlers from the Jamestown settlement in 1607 until the Revolution. Moreover, and this is the vital matter, they were overwhelmingly the dominant settlers for the first one hundred years. Even in 1776 English descended settlers formed, according to the historical section of the American Bureau of Census, nearly sixty percent of the population and the majority of the rest of the white population was from the non-English parts of Britain.”

Yes, and natural increase alone, in the early days of the colonies up to independence, meant that the original stock had multiplied impressively, having very large families as a rule. They may have been few in number, those early colonists, but more arrived and population increased without the ”benefit” of mass immigration, which did not in fact happen until the 19th century on any scale.

I do encourage reading the whole blog piece linked above. In fact the blog England Calling is a very good resource for anyone who is interested in the theme of this blog, or even of the early history of America, and the England-America connection.

On American origins

“Where was there ever a confederacy of republics united as these states are…or, in which the people were so drawn together by religion, blood, language, manners, and customs?” – John Dickinson, Delaware delegate to the Philadelphia constitutional convention

“Quality of mind and body suggests that observance of ethnic law is as great a necessity to a nation as immigration law.” – Calvin Coolidge, “Whose Country Is This?” Good Housekeeping, February 1921

“Thicker than water in one rill,
Through centuries of story,
Our Saxon blood has flowed, and still
We share with you the good and ill,
The shadow and the glory.”
– John Greenleaf Whittier, 1874

“…Hengist and Horsa…the Saxon chiefs from whom we claim the honor of being descended, and whose political principles and form of government we assumed.” – Thomas Jefferson