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Re: A Dance called America

No, I didn't mean the cream of the crop as in upper class, etc.  but those of any class who had the spirit, the vision to reach out and grasp the opportunity as so many did from the poorer levels.   I don't equate these qualities with any class.  But people don't just get swept up automatically by events, they still have to make that choice, stay or go.  Of course the kids and wife went automatically...most of the time.  Probably there were some women who wouldn't leave their birth families, expecially if the husband were a tyrant and now she would be far from a support group.  Lots of things to consider.  It was a big step.   But even if they were on the poverty level, they gave us in the next generation men like Alexander Hamilton, etc.  (he is on my mind because we just saw a PBS show about him) that gave such an impetus to our nation.
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Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 1:46 PM
Subject: Re: A Dance called America

Juli  -  I agree with you about the 'excess' of  Scotland, indeed the whole of Britain and Europe, who got exported.  In most cases it wasn't the 'cream of the crop' who rose to the top who immigrated, but the dispossessed and lower classes who had fallen through the cracks and had no other option but to be swept along in the tide of immigration to the new colonies or the 'new world'. 
But aren't we glad that  they did and that some of them survived so we can be here today!
Judith Harper
New Zealand
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From: Juli
Sent: Wednesday, 23 February, 2000 3:07 AM
Subject: RE: A Dance called America

Funnily enough Laurel, many of those that were "left behind" had such deep connections with the land that they actually believed it was the excess population that was shoved off and pushed out:  Just as any abundance in natural resources is exported.  And I'm not sure it was always the best of the crop that was bundled up and sent to market.
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From: owner-sinclair@mids.org [mailto:owner-sinclair@mids.org]On Behalf Of Spirit One Email
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2000 1:21 PM
To: sinclair@mids.org
Subject: Re: A Dance called America

    I was just talking to Don about the phenomena of the Scott's mark on history this morning.   I believe that this can be seen among the Jews that escaped from Germany and all the other places before that.  I read that the descendants of these Jews became a remarkable race through the selection process.   Those that were smartest and had that spirit of preservation got out of Germany right away thus preserving very intelligent people.
    Could the same be said for the Scotts?  Those that were smarter and strongest were the ones that survived the British, etc.  by snatching up whatever opportunity came to leave and make their mark in life.  This would have drained much from the genetic pool of Scotland perhaps.
   As ever,