>One of the presidents at that time, historians please let us know which
>gave a speech saying that "hypenated" Americans were TRAITORS.
>This speech was given to an Irish American audience.
Your are thinking of Theodore Roosevelt (TR), the first U.S.
President of the 20th Century. (Okay, McKinley did serve some
time in 1901, but he was assassinated and replaced by his
While I like many things about TR, I cannot agree with his
imperialism and strident nationalism. The following is a quote
from TR regarding Americanism and racial identity:
There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There
is room here for only 100% Americanism, only for those who are
Americans and nothing else.
- Speech, 19 July 1918, to the New York Republican Party
I will note that TR did make several very positive comments
about the Scotch-Irish, claiming that they were "ideally suited
to life as Americans."
He did make a speech about "hyphenated Americanism"; if you
want, I can dig up a copy and post the precise quote.
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