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On Thu, 1 Feb 1996, Michael Duggan. user wrote:
>     This is just a tidbit of trivia.  But Woodrow Wilson, when he was
> president of the USA, tried to drive the use of any form of ethnic appelation
> out of use with the word 'American'.  And, he tried to rid people of the
> phrase 'Irish-American' the hardest of all.  Wilson felt that terms like that
> would break the 'white race apart' by forcing us to admit that we had
> diversity amongst ourselves.
 
I believe it was he who said, "We haven't the room in this country for
hyphenated Americans" (or very close to it).  He also said WWI was the
war to end war, and promised American participation in the League of
Nations (which the US never joined).
 
Oh well, can't winn them all.
James