[KB] anti-immigration rhetoric

Camille K. Lewis queenlewis at gmail.com
Mon Nov 28 11:47:51 EST 2016


The source on the "lighting" quotation is from a letter to Thomas Dixon
from Wilson, dated February, 1915.

C



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On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 11:42 AM, Camille K. Lewis <queenlewis at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Page 60 of this google books of Wilson's 1910 _A History of the American
> People_:
>
> https://books.google.com/books?id=L4QUAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=
> Woodrow+Wilson+a+history+of+the+american+people&hl=en&sa=X&ved=
> 0ahUKEwjN5uDy8MvQAhXIJiYKHW6gAskQ6AEIGzAA#v=snippet&q=%
> 22Southern%20country%22&f=false
>
> was cited in Griffith's film, _A Birth of a Nation_.
>
> When Wilson watched the film at the White House, he did respond with "It
> is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is
> all so terribly true."
>
> We can conclude that everybody was a white supremacist/nativist back then,
> but Wilson was definitely of the "unreconstructed Southerner" type.
>
> C
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> On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 11:23 AM, Clarke Rountree <rountrj at uah.edu> wrote:
>
>> I recall his admiration of Birth of a Nation--something about it striking
>> like lightning. I didn't know about the hyphenated Americans comment.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Clarke
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 9:59 AM, Camille K. Lewis <queenlewis at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Woodrow Wilson's statement about "hypenated Americans" is considered
>>> nativist. However, he made the statement in 1919 while in office:
>>>
>>> http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/wilsonleagueofnations.htm
>>>
>>> Woodrow Wilson packed his cabinet in his second term with
>>> segregationists, and he was a big fan of _Birth of a Nation_.
>>>
>>> I think the case can be made that he was a nativist. His Treasury
>>> Secretary and later son-in-law, William McAdoo, ran for the Democratic
>>> nomination in 1924, but he failed due to the overwhelming Klan support.
>>>
>>> C
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>>> On Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 9:12 PM, Clarke Rountree <rountrj at uah.edu>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Good example. Any party nomination winners?
>>>>
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>
>>>> On Nov 27, 2016, at 7:18 PM, John Whalen-Bridge <jwb at nus.edu.sg> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Pat Buchanan, though he didn't become the nominee, ran. He was recently
>>>> called one of America's most influential "public intellectuals" by David
>>>> Brooks, who considers Buchanan the architect behind Trump's position.
>>>>
>>>> ***John Whalen-Bridge***
>>>>    (Sent from my iPhone)
>>>>
>>>> On Nov 28, 2016, at 02:37, Clarke Rountree <rountrj at uah.edu> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Dear Burkelers:
>>>>
>>>> I'm working on a paper on Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric and I have
>>>> a question: When was the last time a presidential candidate for a major
>>>> American political party ran on a nativist platform? I assume during the
>>>> 1890-1920 period of anti-European sentiment or the late-19th century
>>>> anti-Chinese policies there were some major party candidates who used
>>>> anti-immigrant rhetoric. Or did McCarthyism support anti-immigrant
>>>> sentiment, or the opposite (to help those behind the Iron Curtain)?
>>>>
>>>> In my lifetime I don't recall such a nativist candidate. (Wallace in
>>>> 1972 was racist, but he wasn't representing a major party.)
>>>>
>>>> Cheers,
>>>>
>>>> Clarke
>>>>
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>> 342 Morton Hall
>> University of Alabama in Huntsville
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>> 256-824-6646
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