Sunday, February 19, 2012

Why my ancestors immigrated to America

From this article in The American Conservative by Jon Basil Utley.

"Kings always loved war and wars were a major reason European immigrants fled to America in past centuries. I often recall how my friend, Richard Viguerie, once told me that French immigrants first came to America primarily to save their sons from being drafted and killed by the French kings in perpetual wars." [my emphasis]

Although in my family's case it was the nobles of Russia, Prussia, and Poland who were the warmongers in continual need of cannon fodder rather than France.