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The American Sociologist

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 54–59 | Cite as

Hawaiians Are Fit

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George Herbert Mead, University of Chicago

Chicago Tribune, Saturday January 22, 1898, p. 13.

There is one great aspect of the Hawaiian question that has not received the attention it deserves. That is the essentially self-ruling capacity of the population in the islands. This may seem to be a contradiction of the plea which the islands make in asking for annexation. They allege that incorporation into the United States or some other country with similar institutions can give them prosperity and the security this demands. But the contradiction is only on the surface. A large percentage of townships and cities in the United States are torn by political strife, and still, in the essentials of government, are as stable as could be desired. If they were put by themselves, if the vigorous party rivalry actually endangered the form of government, there would be revolution where now there is only change of officers. The history of Greece has shown how insecure small societies with active...

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