The ‘best test of an immigrant’ from 100 years ago

 

This was the new Year’s message from the Los Angeles Herald exactly a century ago. Immigration was predicted to increase exponentially as soon as World War One ended. Unlike today where those ‘fleeing war torn…’ (fill in the blanks) expect, no demand, not to have to compromise old ways in a new life, things were different in 1917 and immigrants were expected to pass a test.

That test? It nowhere mentions ‘celebrating diversity’. Rather it stipulates ‘It matters not from which nation they sever themselves so that they come to live in unity with us.’

To a 2017 when they come to live in unity…

 

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