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Professor Larson expresses two hopes which must be seriously
considered by American historians. First, though the study of im-
migrant groups in America may require an extensive preparation
for those engaged in this study, especially linguistic preparation,
this study warrants the serious attention of the historian. Secondly,
Larson expresses the hope for an agency sufficiently endowed to
collect and preserve source material dealing with the contribu-
tions of the immigrant groups. The immigrant brings with him a
culture, "certain elements of which he is very reluctant to discard.
Thus there is going forward throughout the American North a
clash of ideas and principles, a conflict of mental habits and modes
of thought which is likely to result in significant change in the
deeper strata of American thought."
The hope of Professor Larson for a national agency for the
preservation of source material dealing with immigrant contribu-
tions should be taken seriously. A hundred years from now the
historian may be as interested in the period after the Civil War
and the problems of immigration as he has been and still is in
colonization. Then it might be too late to establish a national
agency, for much material will be lost and other material will be
widely distributed among jealous smaller agencies. Then we will
regret that Professor Larson's idea *was looked upon as wishful
Auguslana College.
The Marcus TV. Jernegan Essays in A nmerican Historiography. By
William T. Hutchinson and others. (Chicago: The Uni-
versity of Chicago Press, 1937. Pp. 417. $4.00.)
It is altogether fitting and proper that scholars and teachers
receive some remembrance while living. Several scholars, as H. E.
Bolton, W. E. Dodd, C. H. McTlwain, and others, have been hon-
ored recently with a book of essays written by their former stu-
dents. The twenty-one essays on American historiography in this
book were written by twenty-one ex-students of Professor Jernegan
"as an expression of their friendship and esteem,-at the time of
his retirement from the History Faculty of the University of
Chicago after nearly thirty years of fruitful service." The authors

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