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  •  Aw heck (6+ / 0-)

    These late 19th century genealogies are very helpful for us today, but the trend was motivated for snob reasons. To distinguish the "true" Americans, descended from English colonists, from all the filthy immigrants coming in in those days. Someone tell Bill O'Reilly we're in the third century of people lamenting the demise of "traditional America."

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:33:55 PM PST

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    •  not to mention flat-out xenophobia... (6+ / 0-)

      I was happily using the  Compendium of American Genealogy (1920s) to do cross-checking of names dates ... this paragraph in the preface underscore why  the DAR and Colonial Dames have such a legacy of negativity to overcome

      For the benefit of those not familiar with this work it may be stated that it had its inception in 1917 as a war measure. Participation in the World War by the United States made necessary a source of information for furnishing American lineages and inter-marriages, which demonstrated the real need for an authentic genealogical work of national scope. This work was projected wth the primary object of fulfilling that need.
      Little did they foresee people like me who wanted to join the DAR to shake it up.

      I want to do more on this in a diary, but breaking down what needs to be said is taking some time.

      "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

      by klompendanser on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:49:39 PM PST

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