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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:56 pm    Post subject: Usonia Reply with quote

Here and There in Two Hemispheres by James Duff Law

Preface dated: November 26, 1903

From pages 111-112

USONIA

Lancaster, PA, 18th June, 1903

Dear Sir:
We of the United States, in justice to Canadians and Mexicans, have no right to use the title “Americans” when referring to matters pertaining exclusively to ourselves. Every day is keenly felt the want of a correct name for our great, grand, glorious, independent country. I believe I am familiar with all the suggestions that have been made in this direction from time to time, and have been inclined to give my vote to the writer that first suggested “Usona,” which is formed from the initials of “United States of North America.” The assonance of “Usonans,” however, has always been distasteful, and nothing better could be made from the first appellation strictly following the constructive genius of our language.

A much more euphonious word is “Usonia,” and as it represents in a similar way the “United States of Northern Independent America” (a most important qualifying and accurately descriptive adjective being added) I am inclined to think it makes a perfect word and a dignified name to designate our land, our people and our nation – “Usonia,” “Usonian” and “Usonians” sounding equally well. It has also to us Scots the added merit of making a good rhyme to Caledonia, and thus knitting more closely together both Usonians and Caledonians.

May I ask what might be done to exploit such a suggestion, and how could such words be adopted and used popularly, literarily, officially, Usonially and universally?

Respectfully yours,
James D. Law

P.S. Since writing the foregoing I find that both Cowper and Campbell make use of the word “Ausonia” as a poetical name for – Italy!

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http://ia700303.us.archive.org/15/items/herethereintwohe00lawj/herethereintwohe00lawj_bw.pdf
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Wright comes to terms with USONIA 20 to 30 years later?

Is there any evidence that Wright uses the term in the first decade of the
20th century?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always thought it was pretty well known that Wright did not invent the term, and he acknowledged so
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the Autobiography Wright credits Samuel Butler for the term -- in one form or another. I think Butler may have coined USONA -- United States of North America . . . ?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Talk:Usona


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never heard that Wright ever claimed authorship of the term. As SDR has documented above Samuel Butler appears not to be the source. This book appears to the origin, unless someone can find something to predate 1903.

As we all know Wright accumulated ideas in his head and let them gestate for years, sometimes, before he used them. This may be another instance of that happening.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.savewright.org/wright_chat/viewtopic.php?t=6348&highlight=usonia
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh-heh. I'd forgotten that thread -- or the last of it, anyway. Right on, Mr Grant . . .


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