The Penn Germania Volume 14, No. 2 - V. 15, No. 3

The Penn Germania Volume 14, No. 2 - V. 15, No. 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...of the causes of Americanisation. They appeal to the ethnic consciousness of the masses. Such a feeling may indeed become the mainspring of very vigorous action, but only when each finds his own feeling in all associating with him and self-interest does not impel him in another direction. Neither the one or the other happens among German-Americans. As they do not live in segregated masses but scattered among the nonGermanic each must make his German ethnic feelin potent against the opposition of his neighbors instead of being inspired t rough their like disposition. It is not to be wondered at that through such efforts no enduring result has been secured.---Ernest Bruncken. VVhat really constitutes a nation in the highest sense of the word is not its political or social organizations which furnish the mere body, but the ani-mating soul of a higher culture, the creation of original imperishable values in the highest spheres of human activity. It is this higher national culture which is still in the process of formation, and it is at this point that in my opinion the study of the ethnic elements out of which this composite nation is built should enter. Among nations which are racial units, such as the Greeks or the Germans, the formation of a higher culture may be described as the unconscious unfolding of their very soul, the documents of which we possess in their literature, their art, their music, their philosophy, and their scientific efforts. /Vith a composite nation such as ours the same process of creating a higher national culture is to a large extent a conscious one, dirigible in a certain way, and therefore, depending for its success on the quality of our intellectual leaders and their ideals. In the contribution of his artistic, more

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  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 481g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236813421
  • 9781236813428