Forwarded from Anthony (farmers)

Chris Brady cdbrady at
Fri Sep 12 11:19:43 MDT 2003

So why didn't the Irish simply go west instead of hanging around in the
cities of the Eastern Seaboard?  Studies of the cost of the trek to
Oregon and California show that such an expedition was a serious,
substantial investment that required the sort of monetary stake and
information that newly arrived Irish paupers would take quite some time
to acquire.  One place that provides some insight into the proportions
of the set-up for a family that decided to migrate can be studied in
that old chestnut "We, the People" by Leo Huberman.  To begin with, the
classic Conestoga wagon was no mean affair.  It was a crafted device
manufactured by tradesmen.  And it was not auto-motive.  Beasts of
burden were required to make the thing mobile.  And they had to be
hitched.  And cared for.  Then there was the purchase of necessary
staples, non-perishable provisions, clothing for varying conditions and
climates, and weapons and tools.  The foundations for a proprietary
perspective in the pioneers were thus set solidly, and further
contrasted with the interests of the urban workers back in Boston, New
York, etc.

This is not to say that these cities were the last point of departure
for the westward ho-ers whose families in the most part had previously
pushed the native people out of the Ohio Valley, etc., so that
proprietary perspective was complemented by the expropriation factor.
This final factor is the reason that Hitler and the WZO focused on the
model of the American pioneer for their expansionist projects --one for
the lands east of the Reich, and the other for the so-called Holy Land.

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