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Lt enough to act under direction; the remaining ten percent was constituted by the competent who had the discipline, the sense of moral duty and physical ability to give that direction for keeping the remaining seventy from mere savagery and anarchy. It was taken for granted that we children inherited the qualifications and duties of membership in this ten percent. Sterling honesty, industry and self-sacrifice on the part of this segment of the population were what kept the human race on even keel.
The successes ofPorfirian Mexico were largely a by-product of the United States' post-Civil War prosperity. S. booms and busts, a pattern that was clear by 1907. Haciendas reverted to feudal holdings. Rural people - Indians and laborers - were discouraged from moving to the cities. Mexico came under the twin tyrannies of an irresponsible native aristocracy and blatant foreign exploitation. 5 million acres of the public domain (one-fifth of Mexico's land) to foreign speculators. Further, Dfaz had been forced to throw open what remained of the Indian communities.
Eventually his father was able 34 Charles Seeger to live in Paris, which he had always wanted to do. There he enjoyed good friendships with several European artists, intellectuals, and political figures of import, among them Alexander Iswolsky, the former Russian minister of foreign affairs and ambassador to France, whose memoirs the elder Seeger translated and edited. Seeger's development, then, was curiously divided between nonconformity and adherence to tradition. He fulfilled a long-desired family plan for college.