914 – “We Americans have yet to really learn our own antecedents, and sort them, to unify them. They will be found ampler than has been supposed, and in widely different sources. Thus far, impress’d by New England writers and schoolmasters, we tacitly abandon ourselves to the notion that our United States has been fashion’d from the British Islands only, and essentially form a second England only — which is a very great mistake.”
Quote Number: 301
Source: Whitman, Walt. “The Spanish Element in Our Nationality.” Letter. July 20, 1883. In Philadelphia Press. Full Text Online Here.