From The Family Herald, London, 1921
Needless to say, this is not the accepted opinion of many Americans today, thanks to the waves of immigration which hit America later in the 20th century, and the tsunami of immigrants following the fateful 1965 Hart-Celler Act.
It can’t be denied that Americans of English ancestry now make up a smaller percentage of the American population today, but there is a growing tendency to deny that English-descended Americans were for a long time a sizeable percentage, and to deny that our American culture (and yes, it does exist) owes more to our ‘old inheritance,’ our English origin, than to any other.
I just post this as more evidence that the accepted and fact-based belief about our origins was not controversial until recent times. We need to be reminded of this if we’ve forgotten, and those who were never taught these realities need to become informed about it. However they are not likely to learn these things in our abysmal educational system, nor from our dishonest media – or even on the right-leaning segment of the Internet, where it seems practically no one is taking up the cause of the Anglo-American.
So just what percentage of Americans have English ancestry? Sadly, I don’t think we know, because much of what Americans believe about their own ancestry and family trees is based only on faulty oral traditions or hearsay, or even obfuscated by wishful thinking guesswork. It is not ”in” to be of English or Anglo-Saxon ancestry. Unless DNA testing becomes widespread and people research their family trees, we just don’t know.