The True-Born Englishman: A Satire

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The True-Born Englishman - A Satire - By Daniel Defoe.

"The True-Born Englishman" is a satirical poem published in 1701 by Daniel Defoe defending King William, who was Dutch, against xenophobic attacks, and ridiculing the notion of English racial purity. It became very popular. According to a preface Defoe supplied to an edition of 1703, the poem's declared target is not Englishness as such but English xenophobia. Defoe's argument was that the English nation as it already existed in his time was a product of ...

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Overview

The True-Born Englishman - A Satire - By Daniel Defoe.

"The True-Born Englishman" is a satirical poem published in 1701 by Daniel Defoe defending King William, who was Dutch, against xenophobic attacks, and ridiculing the notion of English racial purity. It became very popular. According to a preface Defoe supplied to an edition of 1703, the poem's declared target is not Englishness as such but English xenophobia. Defoe's argument was that the English nation as it already existed in his time was a product of various incoming racial groups, from Ancient Britons to Anglo-Saxons, Normans and beyond. It was therefore nonsensical to abuse newer arrivals:

"I only infer that an Englishman, of all men, ought not to despise foreigners as such, and I think the inference is just, since what they are to-day, we were yesterday, and to-morrow they will be like us. If foreigners misbehave in their several stations and employments, I have nothing to do with that; the laws are open to punish them equally with natives, and let them have no favour. But when I see the town full of lampoons and invectives against Dutchmen only because they are foreigners, and the King reproached and insulted by insolent pedants, and ballad-making poets for employing foreigners, and for being a foreigner himself, I confess myself moved by it to remind our nation of their own original, thereby to let them see what a banter is put upon ourselves in it, since, speaking of Englishmen ab origine, we are really all foreigners ourselves."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781495471087
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/7/2014
  • Pages: 46
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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