English Americans (1607- ) are people who live in the US who came from England. They gave the US its laws, language and mainstream culture. They pretty much ran the country till at least the 1960s.
They are the unhyphenated Americans. Sometimes they are called Wasps, “White Anglo-Saxon Protestants”, a word mainly applied to well-to-do White Protestants of any northern European background.
1500s: Out of the cognitive dissonance of England leaving the Catholic Church, the English come to feel they are better than everyone else, partly because of their Anglo-Saxon cultural roots. Anglo-Saxonism is born. It makes it hard for them to deal with others as equals. They see the Irish (and later Native Americans and Africans) as savages.
1600s and early 1700s: England uses North America as a dumping ground for convicts, sturdy beggars, “excess poor”, religious fanatics and so on.
The first four waves from England:
- 1629 to 1640: From East Anglia to New England. Heavily Puritan.
- 1640 to 1675: From southern England to what will become the southern US.
- 1675 to 1725: From the North Midlands to Pennsylvania. Heavily Quaker.
- 1717 to 1775: From Northumbria (and Scotland and northern Ireland) to Appalachia.
These four English subcultures spread across North America, wiping out Native Americans. They will mix and create three new subcultures:
- Greater New York, part Dutch, part Jewish.
- The Great Basin, centred on Utah. Heavily Mormon.
- Southern California, part Mexican, part Jewish. Spreads across the south-west.
Nearly all non-English Whites will assimilate into one of these seven Anglo-Protestant subcultures to become “American”, meaning White American.
By 1780, because of the cognitive dissonance of having African slaves, Anglo-Saxonism becomes racialized.
In 1851, Ralph Waldo Emerson, a famous English American writer, said:
“The German & Irish nations, like the Negro, have a deal of guano in their destiny. They are ferried over the Atlantic, & carted over America to ditch & to drudge, to make the land fertile, & corn cheap, & then to lie down prematurely to make the grass a spot of greener grass on the prairie.”
After 1865, with the South broken by the Civil War, northern Wasps fill the top levels of US society – in government, the military, big business, banks, universities, museums, the arts and so on.
By 1900, the racial model of the US looks like this:
- English Americans
- Other northern Europeans
- Other Europeans
Native, Latino and Asian Americans do not even make the list.
In the early 1900s, English Americans are the driving force behind:
- the Klan – protecting Anglo-Saxon civilization from Blacks, Jews and Catholics.
- prohibition – directed against German beer, Italian wine and Irish whisky.
- eugenics and immigration law – keeping the US racially Nordic (northern European).
- Americanization – remaking the non-English in the Wasp image.
In the 1930s, this world starts to come undone: the anti-northern-Wasp vote is now big enough to bring pro-White, not pro-Wasp, governments to power. This leads to the Third Enlargement of Whiteness (1930-1980), where the top three layers of the 1900 race model become one.
By the 2010s, according to Amy Chua, Wasps have lost their superiority complex.
- Welcome to White History Month 2015
- The Third Enlargement of Whiteness
- Anglo-Protestant culture
- English American racism in the 1600s against Native and Black Americans
- Bacon’s Rebellion
- US ethnic groups, 1492 to 2100
- English Americans