The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 81, July 1977 - April, 1978 Page: 72
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
wishes to leave his native land because of his political views not only
must bear in mind that there certainly is complete freedom here and
the officeholders are the servants of the people rather than the people
the servants of the officeholders, but he must also be aware of the fact
that under this freedom the fight between the parties is just as violent
as in Germany. Whoever comes here to avoid political contests will get
involved here even more. I cite as examples the problems of slavery
and tariff. To be sure, the people do not resort to the bayonet here as
quickly as at home. Moreover, it must be remembered that, as a result
of complete freedom, every man is his own protector and is for this rea-
son exposed to many disadvantages. There is no rose without thorns.
No one can deny that men really are independent in America if they
actually want to be so.
Whoever intends to move over here in order to get rich by manual
labor should look for some country other than Texas. Those people
who are servants or maids, day laborers or poor peasants, and have
enough money to come over here, and come with healthy arms that
are accustomed to work ("accustomed" in its total meaning), will find
work, hard work, here and there and, provided they do not get sick or
have some other misfortune, they will be able to acquire a small piece
of property within four to five years and then live there as independent
people. By toil and industry they may even be able to provide for the
future of their children. I must repeat, however, the work is not easy.
One of our travel companions, a strong young man who was accus-
tomed to work from his early youth, could not hold up in his first job.
However, people of this kind usually are happy provided they are not
defrauded in some way or other.
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