Article Review: Damned Yankees by Peter I. Rose
This is an article review on Damned Yankees written by Peter I. Rose. The article presents a very good analysis of the protectionist narrow minded perspective of people like Samuel Huntington.
The article presents a very good analysis of the protectionist narrow minded perspective of people like Samuel Huntington. In my view as Rose says American society is unique because the different waves of immigrants and settlers have brought with them something of their old cultures. But the dominance that was formed since the earliest settlements off the WASP cannot be denied as that group has been most influential as the initial framework of the society was set by the earliest settlers and others have tried to follow it, however the main problem that the people like Huntington have is those who cannot become invisible like European immigrants, Asians and Hispanics who believe that they have the same rights as the white people in this country.
What to me is most interesting and as the author only at the end points out, the Native Americans are the original natives who have been living in the country for centuries and any white settlers, whether the pilgrims or the Quakers were all those who came and settled down and in doing so ended up not only displacing them but succeeded in marginalizing them so that today they are a marginalized ethnic group. The paranoid diatribes of people in the past like Rowland and those today like Huntington are not justified when they raise alarms against immigration, what they want to preserve cannot be because American society like any other vibrant society is alive and vibrant and ever changing.
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