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Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926 / Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application

[Luther Burbank -- the bearing of his work on human life -- on improving the human plant],   pp. [202]-246 PDF (10.0 MB)

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from New Zealand, from Siberia, from South Af-
rica, from Canada, from South America. Carefully
selecting among them, he inbred the species from
widely separated regions, and thus brought to-
gether racial strains that had long diverged.
And the results were often startling, and some-
times highly gratifying.
It is easy to draw the inference from the most
casual glimpses into the past history of our race
that the development of civilization has been
largely conditioned on the mingling of different
racial strains. It is scarcely too much to say that
each of the great civilizations of the past was built
by a mixed race. It was so in Egypt, in Assyria, in
Greece, and in Rome in the ancient days. It is true
of the important races of central Europe and of
Great Britain in modern times. And it is pre-emi-
nently true of the American race of our own day.
The point is too obvious for elaboration. No
one needs to be told that the colonial stock that
came to America in the early part of the seven-
teenth century was itself made up of mixed an-
cestral strains. And the most casual inspection of
statistics shows to what extent the increase of pop-
ulation of the past hundred years has been due to
the coming of immigrants from all parts of
Europe, including the representatives of nearly
every race of civilized men.

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