American Futures – Our Life, Our Society, and Immigration

Mark Twain’s View

He believes that America is a mostly constituted by immigrants and that this has raised an alarm to the American people since the percentage of immigrants have increased as compared to the case 17th century when immigration was as a result of slave trade whereby the ancestors were forced to go to America. They did not have a choice since they were shipped while others were sold into indentured servitude. According to him this has changed since people are voluntarily immigrating to America in search of greener pastures and good lie. (Augustine, 1936, pg14).

To some extent l tend to disagree with Mark Twain’s view. As far as lam concerned l believe it is a misleading conception since most of the Americans are in a position to draw their ancestry to other lands. The rise of America cannot be found in any immigration act. in fact it did arise from somewhere else hither nor a from a motivation from an original settlement. By referring America as a nation of immigrants denies it the important quality of any state that is it simply implies that America lacks interests and affairs that deliberates and takes resolutions in common. Therefore, sit is clear that America culture did not emerge from original and ensuing immigration waves instead it developed from the vibrant experiences of the settlers. Some of these settlers had stayed for more than five generations before the formal separation from their mother countries.

The experiences in the early generations involved passage hither by small individuals on perilous wooden ship. Most of these people had chosen particular destinations where regal grants had secured religious toleration within defined areas especially those of specific persuasions. For example the Catholics went to Maryland, Cavaliers went to Virginia, and Quakers went to Pennsylvania, Puritans to Massachusetts. Those who were not actively involved in key ideological Schisms went to Western Europe in the 17th century. They found land in areas that they felt were tolerable while others settled in areas with tolerable working conditions. These people went on with life that is socially, economically and politically. Their main objective was their future and also the future of their generations. However, it was until when the mother country started after the bitter Indian and French Indian wars which directly intruded the local affairs of these varied networks of these individualistic communities. Hence a universal purpose came up that caused these communities to reject their previous patriotic identification with the mother country though they still celebrate common ethnic heritage. (Augustine, 1936, pg14).

President Carter’s view

President Carter is not harsh in his statement but rather he is just stating facts as they are in America that is:-American commitment to peace, civil liberties, social justice, human rights and environment. He is simply stating his fears on America historic commitments of providing citizens with sincere information, beliefs with respect to local and state autonomy, treating dissenting voices and economic responsibilities.

In simple terms he is just concerned with the welfare of American’s citizens. (James 1991, pg9).


The liberal attitude toward immigration in America’s growth is based on a reality that does not exist any longer since there are no massive areas in settled parts of America and there are no people willing to settle in these areas since America I awesomely becoming urbanized hence there are very few areas which are still free. Therefore there is nobody who is concerned with the quality of life who can justify huge immigration at present.


James H. (1991), Daisy Miller, Macmillan.

Augustine B. (1936), Saturday Review, Saturday Review Co.