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So long as mass emigration continues, the process of diffusion and assimilation will remain unfinished; and just so long will it be premature to speak of the Ameri can national character being as rounded and complete as that of any among the older ethnic groups of Europe. Fortunately the question of language has been defi nitely settled for us. The ultimate goal, the evolution of a homogeneous nation, will no doubt be accomplished in the proper way by this most decisive of ethnic fac tors.
It has recently been deplored that numbers of aliens more or less recently admitted to citizenship were still untransformed into authentic Americans of the type dominant in our Eastern States. Such a complaint is unreasonable; for how could one expect that the process of mutual assimilation - a form of osmosis - should ad vance more quickly on this continent than elsewhere?
A mere mechanical mixture, even in the subtle form of an emulsion, cannot possess the stability of an actual chemical union. A homogeneous national character presupposes, as it were, such a union of its racial ele ments, a process which takes much time. With the na tions of the old world, it has spread over centuries. Can we hope to be exempt from this universal rule?
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publisher: Forgotten Books (May 17, 2017)
isbn: 1330154975, 978-1330154977,
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