"American", verb, 1835

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Feb 29 20:17:32 UTC 2008

American (verb), 1835.

[Morse, Samuel F. B.]
Imminent Dangers to the Free Institutions of the United States
through Foreign Immigration, and the Present State of the
Naturalization Laws. A Series of Numbers, Originally Published in the
New York Journal of Commerce in 1835.
By an American. Newly Revised and Corrected, with Additions, by the Author.
New York: John F. Trow, 1854.

They [undesirable foreigners, especially Catholic] can out-American
Americans in admiration of American institutions to-day, and "condemn
them as unfit for any people" to-morrow.

p. 10
American (verb)
not in OED2 as verb

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