Some of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft have been making the rounds of the alt-right or ethnonationalist blogs, specifically some of his comments on America’s Anglo-Saxon origins. Lovecraft, of course, came of old colonial stock on both sides of his family, and he was very much an Anglo-Saxonist, which was not at all unusual in his time, at least for people of English colonial stock. Nowadays, of course, that attitude is viewed by a lot of people as archaic and out of touch with today’s diverse and inclusive America, the America wherein English heritage is scarcely acknowledged except to be disparaged. Lovecraft was also very racially conscious and held opinions which, though widespread among White people in his time, are taboo and forbidden in polite discourse today. Hence, Lovecraft’s image was recently expunged from the World Fantasy Awards. Lovecraft is highly controversial in this politically correct world.
Lovecraft was a prolific writer, not only in the sense of writing short stories and the occasional novella, but he was also an avid letter-writer, often writing voluminous letters to his circle of correspondents. Many of his letters have been preserved and some published in book format. They make for fascinating reading, at least for Lovecraft fans or anyone who wishes a view into a very different world.
The Isegoria blog quotes from Lovecraft on the subject of ‘Americanism’, a topic which is of ongoing interest on ethnonationalist and alt-right blogs these days. Although it is often claimed that most White Americans do not have colonial roots, much less exclusively English colonial roots, a case can be made that yes, Americanism at its root is an Anglo-Saxon thing.
“It is the spirit of England, transplanted to a soil of vast extent and diversity, and nourished for a time under pioneer conditions calculated to increase its democratic aspects without impairing its fundamental virtues. It is the spirit of truth, honour, justice, morality, moderation, individualism, conservative liberty, magnanimity, toleration, enterprise, industriousness, and progress—which is England—plus the element of equality and opportunity caused by pioneer settlement. It is the expression of the world’s highest race under the most favourable social, political, and geographical conditions. Those who endeavour to belittle the importance of our British ancestry, are invited to consider the other nations of this continent. All these are equally “American” in every particular, differing only in race-stock and heritage; yet of them all, none save British Canada will even bear comparison with us. We are great because we are a part of the great Anglo-Saxon cultural sphere; a section detached only after a century and a half of heavy colonisation and English rule, which gave to our land the ineradicable stamp of British civilisation.
Most dangerous and fallacious of the several misconceptions of Americanism is that of the so-called “melting-pot” of races and traditions. It is true that this country has received a vast influx of non-English immigrants who come hither to enjoy without hardship the liberties which our British ancestors carved out in toil and bloodshed. It is also true that such of them as belong to the Teutonic and Celtic races are capable of assimilation to our English type and of becoming valuable acquisitions to the population. But, from this it does not follow that a mixture of really alien blood or ideas has accomplished or can accomplish anything but harm.”
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Though Lovecraft’s words may seem ‘extreme’ to those who have been weaned on multiculturalism and the ‘Melting Pot’, Emma Lazarus school of ‘Americanism’, they were very much like what was taught in history and civics classes not that many decades ago, though the melting pot sentimentality began to grow especially during the years between the world wars. Now, the role of England and her unique concepts of liberty is downplayed to the point of nearly expunging England from our history.
The increase of ethnocentrism amongst other White ethnic groups who have historical grudges against England has contributed to this kind of disparaging attitude. For example the trendy ‘Celtic’ identity adopted by many Americans of at least partial Anglo-Saxon descent (I am referring primarily to Southern Americans) and then of course those of German descent. It is just not ”in” to be Anglo-Saxon or English these days — even in England, sad to say.
And it seems self-evident to me that the infusion of so many different types of people has not improved this country. Every immigrant-descended group wants to claim that America would not be America (or would not be great) if their ancestors had been excluded. But apart from English-descended Americans, no other group can plausibly claim to have formed the basis of the American culture and ethos, and no other group can claim to be the very core of this country at its inception.