This paper showed that the birth-rate is declining in America
from year to year; not in one State only, but in every State.
The decline is constant and universal; the same in Arkansas
as in Massachusetts
, in Michigan
as in Pennsylvania
and New York.
The rate was higher in 1800 than in 1820; higher in 1820 than in 1840; higher in 1840 than in 1860.
The birth-rate is admitted to be larger among the immigrants than among the natives; yet the average, thus increased by strangers, is lower than that of any country in Europe
, not excepting the birth-rate of France
in the worst days of Louis Napoleon
Some of the ablest statists and physicians of Boston
have come to the conclusion that the White
race cannot live on the American
Nothing has been done by law to mitigate this curse of an unequal distribution of the sexes.
What has been done is the result of accident — as statesmen think of “accidents.”
In 1860 America counted no less than seven hundred and fifty thousand more males than females on her soil.
Ten years later this enormous balance was reduced by three hundred