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American Renaissance, December 1997. Madison Grant and the Racialist Movement; Grant in his Own Words; Blood and Soil; O Tempora, O Mores!; Letters from Readers
American Renaissance, December 1997. Madison Grant and the Racialist Movement; Grant in his Own Words; Blood and Soil; O Tempora, O Mores!; Letters from Readers

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The distinguished originsof racial activism.
 by George McDanielerhaps more than any other man,Madison Grant created what we mightcall the “racialist moment” in Ameri-can history. This was the period be-ginning approximately with the ad-ministration of Theodore Roosevelt(who wrote that the Negro was amember of “a perfectly stupid race”)and continuing through the admini-stration of Warren Harding, duringwhich the country discarded its re-maining, melting-pot sentimentalismabout blacks and foreign immigration.The period also saw the emergence of a new science, eugenics, which prom-ised to banish inherited evils. This eraof explicit, intellectual racialism lasteduntil approximately the Great Depres-sion, then withered under FranklinRoosevelt’s massive shift to the Left,and finally collapsed during the war with Nazi Germany.Madison Grant (1865-1937)worked tirelessly for the racialistmovement for almost this entire pe-riod. He joined, chaired, and oftenfounded its organizations. He countedamong his closest associates U.S.Presidents, top industrialists, best-selling writers, and some of the great-est scientists of the time. And he wrotetwo of the seminal works of Americanracialism:
The Passing of the Great  Race
(1916) and
The Conquest of aContinent 
(1933).Grant was born in New York in1865, just as the first of the modernwhite-against-white conflicts wasclosing. He was descended from Jaco- bites who came to the colonies fromScotland after the defeat of “BonniePrince Charlie” in the Forty-Five up-rising (1745), and throughout his liferetained the Jacobite brand of conser-vative fire. He was graduated fromYale in 1887 and received a law de-gree from Columbia in 1890.
Bronze bust of Madison Grant.
The Passing of the Great Race
was published in 1916 to immediate popu-lar success. It established Grant as anauthority in anthropology, and laid thegroundwork for his research in theemerging science of eugenics. It wasread by presidents, dictators, scien-tists, and common people alike, andeven today—excoriated as it is—it hasmuch to teach. The impact of the book can be understood only in the culturalmilieu in which it appeared.Immigration just after the War Be-tween the States proceeded at greatspeed. The decade of the 1880s sawthe arrival of 5,246,613 immigrants,and in 1882 alone, 788,992 were ad-mitted. Two hundred twenty thousandChinese came from 1854 to 1882.Subsiding a bit in the nineties, the in-flux rose again after the turn of thecentury, averaging over 800,000 arri-vals each year between 1900 and1914. Most of these were immigrantsfrom parts of the world unfamiliar toAmericans: Russia, Poland, Austria-Hungary, Italy, the Balkans, and Tur-key. Many newcomers brought Marx-ist and anarchist ideas alien to the oldAmerican stock.Just as it does today, the Americanidentity faced a two-pronged threat: alarge influx of aliens and the presenceof a large Negro element. Negro mi-gration to the Northern industrial cit-ies brought a slow awakening to theentire country of the true nature of therace problem, and Thomas Dixon’s1905 novel,
The Clansman
, was oneof the first works in the new century tofocus on it. The book’s sympatheticaccount of the first Ku Klux Klan en-couraged a reappraisal of often-sentimental notions about blacks.In a sense, this reappraisal came toa head in August, 1908, in Lincoln’sown Springfield, Illinois. A black ha- bitual criminal attacked a white girl inher bedroom and, while being pursued by her father, turned and killed himwith a razor. At least one other attack on a white woman was also reported,and the white people responded bykilling two blacks and burning down acrime-ridden black neighborhoodcalled the “Badlands.” Thousands of local blacks fled Springfield. It wasthis event that inspired the creation of the National Association for the Ad-vancement of Colored People inSpringfield in 1909.In 1915, a new entertainment me-dium widened the audience for theracialist message when D. W. Griffith
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Just as it does today, theAmerican identity faced atwo-pronged threat.
American Renaissance - 1 - December 1997
Vol. 8, No. 12 December 1997
Madison Grant and the Racialist Movement
There is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world. – 
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
How does this square with your No-vember review of a book that insistsAIDS is virtually impossible to trans-mit through vaginal intercourse? Didyoung Mr. Williams take these lassies
à la grecque?
According to some re- ports, he plied his sweethearts withmoney, marijuana, and "other drugs."Did he share dirty needles with them,too?Your typical west-New York girldoes not have sex with shaggy black strangers in exchange for drugs.Whatever these demimondaines aretelling us now, they may well havegotten the virus in some way other than ordinary copulation with Mr.Williams.Another reason to think there ismore to the story than so-far reportedis that if Nushawn Williams was sucha successful AIDS-monger why have-n't we heard his story many times be-fore? The crack houses must be full of the likes of him. Why doesn't everyinner-city crack-smoker have AIDS?I float these speculations only onthe assumption that the author youreviewed is right about AIDS, but hisstory and the news story don't add up.Thomas Judge, Binghamton, N.Y.Sir – In describing the latest crazeamong blacks for alligator shoes youmention a Detroit preacher who"stomps and taps his way through asermon, emphasizing points with hisflashy two-tones." I was reminded of this when I read recently that churchesin Africa are now sending missionar-ies to the United States. According tothe pastor of one Nigeria-basedchurch, this is because "the church inAfrica is on fire, while the church inAmerica is for the most part losingzeal." The article goes on to note thatall African churches are characterized by "exuberant worship.""Exuberant," of course, is the kindway to describe black American wor-ship. (As I recall, that cold-heartedSwede, Gunnar Myrdal, wrote disap- provingly of American black church-goers "rolling in a sawdust pit in astate of ecstasy.") My question is this:Why do blacks worship"exuberantly"? It seems to me this is aracial difference Michael Levin andPhilippe Rushton should look into.Andrew Harding, Tully, New York Sir – Kudos to SFC Steven Barryfor his October article exposing thereal racial situation in the U.S. Army.Though neocons like Bill Bennetthold up the army as a racial model for America, veterans know better.The army is more than 30 percent black. Because of affirmative action,many blacks hold positions of author-ity over non-blacks. Like black gov-ernment officials, black officers usetheir positions to help their racialcomrades. In one mandatory"sensitivity" class, a black Equal Op- portunity sergeant told us that no onewas allowed to wear clothing with theConfederate flag on it. When askedabout Malcolm X attire, he explainedthat there is a difference between"racism" and "civil-rights."Several soldiers, including twoHispanics, told me they would not pursue a military career because of  blacks and their racist abuse of power.James Lubinskas, Cromwell, Conn.Sir – My husband is 81 and I am74 and we're
 glad 
we won't be aroundmuch longer to see what is happening.We feel sorry for the
 young 
 people of today. The U.S. was wonderful whenit was 90 percent white, but I knowit's "racist" to say that.I used to be a "tolerant" person butI am that no more. I see the crime, thedeterioration, and the constant com- plaining about whites. I hate the gov-ernment for what it is doing to us. Name Withheld, Winston, Or.Sir – I enjoyed the September arti-American Renaissance - 2 - December 1997
 Letters from Readers
 cles about Christianity. It is commonto note that Sunday morning is themost segregated time in America, butwhites need a Christianity that posi-tively asserts their racial identity. Wedon't have that now.T.R. Kelly, Salt Lake City, Ut.Sir – We are in debt to the heroicwork of Frank Borzellieri. Whilemost of us lack the means, the rightlocation, or the "fire in the belly" tomake a run for local office on theEurocentric ticket, Mr. Borzellieri hasthe latter two in great abundance andmight have won if he'd had enoughmoney to overcome dishonest elec-tion officials and lying newspaper columnists. Hang in there, Mr. Bor-zellieri; the game is still afoot.O.M. Ostlund, State College, Pa.Sir – Frank Borzellieri's articlewas excellent. The inside story of alocal political campaign was a realeye-opener. I hope he runs again andthis time gets the support of the Coun-cil of Conservative Citizens,
Middle American News, Nationalist Times,.
and
 Instauration.
Keep fighting.Robert Briggs, Punta Gorda, Fla.Sir – I am sure most of your read-ers have heard the news about Nushawn Williams, the charmingyoung blackamoor who has beenspreading AIDS in western New York State. There are conflicting reports onhow many women he swived after heknew he was infected but the number may be as high as 75. Nine new caseshave reportedly been traced to him.
 
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debuted his film masterpiece,
 Birth of a Nation.
Based upon
The Clansman
,and, to some degree, on Dixon’s 1902novel,
The Leopard’s Spots
, thismovie was hailed as a technical tri-umph even by its harshest critics. Nevertheless, the NAACP, along withother black and some Jewish organi-zations, picketed the movie andthreatened violence in the cities whereit opened.The success of the film was insome doubt when Dixon contacted hisold Johns Hopkins classmate, Presi-dent Woodrow Wilson, and arrangeda special showing at the White House.Wilson is said to have leapt to hisfeet, exclaiming, “It is like writinghistory with lightning. And my onlyregret is that it is all so terribly true.”With the news that the Presidentloved it, audiences flocked to see
 Birth of a Nation
. During its openingin Atlanta, William J. Simmons an-nounced the founding of the secondKu Klux Klan, in nearby StoneMountain, Georgia. This Klan organi-zation went on to sweep the country, becoming especially strong in themidwest.
The Passing of the Great Race
was published the next year, in 1916.Grant intended it as a call to Ameri-can whites to counter the dangers bothfrom blacks and non-traditional immi-gration. Adopting the then-popular racial taxonomy of William Z. Ripleyin
The Races of Europe
, Grant de-scribes the three European subraces of  Nordic, Alpine, and Mediterranean.As was common in his day, he un-abashedly favored the Nordic andwent to great pains to contrast Nordiccivilization and traits with that of other races and subraces. For exam- ple, he faulted Nordic, altruistic devo-tion to blacks and other unsuccessfulgroups, a devotion that always provesself-destructive.Grant concluded that Americashould abandon a largely open-door immigration policy. He favored aeugenics program that would promotethe Nordic race and discourage theexpansion of the colored races in thewhite world. In particular, he con-demned miscegenation.It is worth noting that one of thereasons Grant and other racialists op- posed the new immigration was that it brought alien ideologies. The FirstWorld War had seen the triumph of Bolshevism, and continuing immigra-tion from Eastern Europe broughtMarxists. Like most racialists, Grantsaw socialism as unfit for Nordics.When he was helping found the Gal-ton Society in 1918, he wrote to theother organizers: “My proposal is theorganization of an anthropologicalsociety . . . confined to native Ameri-cans, who are anthropologically, so-cially, and politically sound, no Bol-sheviki need apply.”
The Passing of the Great Race
be-came an immediate best-seller, withnew editions in 1918, 1920, and 1921,multiple printings, and translationsinto German, French, and Norwegian.
American Renaissance
Jared Taylor, Editor Stephen Webster, Assistant Editor James P. Lubinskas Contributing Editor George McDaniel, Web Page Editor  — — — — — — American Renaissance is published monthly by the New Century Foundation. NCF is governed by section501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; contribu-tions to it are tax deductible.Subscriptions to American Renaissance are $24.00 per year. First-class postage isan additional $6.00. Subscriptions to Canada (first class) and overseas (surface mail)are $30.00. Overseas airmail subscriptions are $40.00. Back issues are $3.00 each.Foreign subscribers should send U.S. dollars or equivalent in convertible bank notes.Please make checks payable to: American Renaissance, PO. Box 527, Oakton, VA22124. ISSN No. 1086-9905, Telephone: (703) 716-0900, Facsimile: (703) 716-0932,Web Page Address: www.amren.com Electronic Mail: AR@amren.com
 American Renaissance - 3 - December 1997It was reviewed favorably by
Sci-ence
, the journal of the American As-sociation for the Advancement of Sci-ence, and by periodicals as diverse asthe
 Journal of Heredity
and
The Sat-urday Evening Post 
. The editor of the
 Post 
commissioned a series of articleson immigration in a similar vein, andin an editorial in the May 7, 1921, is-sue wrote: “Two books in particular that every American should read if hewishes to understand the full gravityof our present immigration problem:Mr. Madison Grant’s
The Passing of the Great Race
and Dr. LothropStoddard’s
The Rising Tide of Color 
. . . . These books should do avast amount of good if they fall intothe hands of readers who can facewithout wincing the impact of newand disturbing ideas.”
The Passing of the Great Race
didindeed fall into the hands of suchreaders, turning up in the personal li- braries of some of the most importantfigures of the day. It was typical, for example, that Dr. Rupert Blue, Sur-geon General of the United States,gave a copy personally to Sir HenryWellcome the British pharmaceuticalmanufacturer.Grant was not alone in soundingthe alarm. Some of the other books published during this period include:
Mankind at the Crossroads
by E.G.Conklin (1914),
 America’s Greatest  Problem: The Negro
by Major R. W.Shufeldt (1915),
The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Suprem-acy
by Lothrop Stoddard (1920, Intro-duction by Grant);
 Race and National Solidarity
by Charles Josey (1923)(reviewed in AR, Aug. 1992),
 Applied  Eugenics by Paul Popenoe and Ros-well Johnson (1923);
and
The Fruit of the Family Tree
by Alfred E. Wiggam(1924). These were all intended for amass audience, but academic text- books soon joined them, including
Genetics and Eugenics
 by W.E. Castle(1916) and
 Evolution, Genetics, and  Eugenics
by H.H. Newman (1921).The effect was felt at both the stateand federal level. Twenty-four states passed laws encouraging sterilizationof those who were retarded, insane, or had criminal records. At the Federallevel, in 1921, Albert Johnson, headof the House Committee on Immigra-tion and Naturalization, began a seriesof hearings on immigration. He ap- pointed Harry Laughlin, who in 1922
Woodrow Wilson thought‘Birth of a Nation’ was“like writing history withlightning.”

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