Quote from Theodore
Roosevelt about Immigration-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor|
A quote from Theodore
Roosevelt expressing his views in immigrants. He said they should
assimilate, become loyal Americans, and speak English.
The Truth: |
The quote is authentic but
some of the wording is different than the original from Teddy
Roosevelt. Also, it was not a quote from 1907 but was written in a
letter by then former president Roosevelt on January 3, 1919 to the president of the American
Defense Society. It was read publicly at a meeting on January 5,
1919. Roosevelt died the next day, on January 6, 1919
Teddy Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States and the
youngest to ever occupy the Oval Office. He was Vice President to
President William McKinley when in 1901 McKinley was assassinated the
Roosevelt took over at age 42. (At age 43 President John F. Kennedy was the
youngest to ever be elected President.)
The actual text from Teddy Roosevelt's
letter is below. There are a few minor differences from the
original such as changing "man" to "person" but the
content is virtually identical.
should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith
American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact
equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate
against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.
But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American
and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of
his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't
doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here.
. . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English
language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as
Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot
boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is
loyalty to the American people.
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The year is 1907.....but the speaker knew what he was talking
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Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on immigrants and being an AMERICAN
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant
who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates
himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with
everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any
such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is
predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an
American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided
allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but
something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for
but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one
language here, and that is the English language... and we have
room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the
Theodore Roosevelt 1907
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