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As a City Upon a Hill

As a City Upon a Hill

"A steady Patriot of the World alone, The friend of every country — but his own."

          -George Canning

 

 John Crewdson: The Tarnished Door: The New Immigrants and the Transformation of America; Times Books; New York.

 

Victor Ripp: Moscow to Main Street: Among the Russian Emigres; Little, Brown; Boston.

 

Lewis A. Coser: Refugee Scholars in America: Their Impact and Their Experiences; Yale University Press; New Haven and London.

 

In 1629, during the crossing of the Atlantic, the prospective settlers of Massachusetts Bay heard a lay sermon from their chosen governor, John Winthrop. They had, he said, entered into a covenant with God.  Provided the settlers kept their covenant of godliness, the colony they would found in the New World would become "as a City upon a Hill," a blessing to its inhabitants and a beacon to all mankind.

 

 

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