Martin Van Buren, Volume 18 (Google eBook)

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1899 - Presidents - 499 pages
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Review: Martin Van Buren (American statesmen series)

User Review  - Jan - Goodreads

Originally written in 1888, this book is well-written and informative. Unfortunately, the author presumed his audience had a more thorough knowledge and understanding of 19th-century history and ... Read full review

Review: Martin Van Buren (American statesmen series)

User Review  - Debbie - Goodreads

This book was published in 1892 so it wasn't too far from the presidency of Van Buren. There were many similarities in the 'problems' of the country as there are today. Van Buren was a great ... Read full review

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Page 101 - ... consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with powers so disposed, in order to give trade a stable course, to define the rights of our merchants, and to enable the Government...
Page 46 - I shall not, whilst I have the honor to administer the government, bring a man into any office of consequence knowingly, whose political tenets are adverse to the measures, which the general government are pursuing; for this, in my opinion, would be a sort of political suicide.
Page 188 - The Union : next to our Liberty the most dear: may we all remember that it can only be preserved by respecting the rights of the States, and distributing equally the benefit and burden of the Union...
Page 274 - I must go into the presidential chair the inflexible and uncompromising opponent of every attempt, on the part of Congress, to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia, against the wishes of the slaveholding states ; and also with a determination equally decided to resist the slightest interference with it in the states where it exists.
Page 389 - What has caused this great commotion, motion, motion Our country through? It is the ball a-rolling on, on For Tippecanoe and Tyler too, Tippecanoe and Tyler too. And with them we'll beat Little Van, Van Van.
Page 122 - Constitution may be effectually brought into action by laws promoting the improvement of agriculture, commerce, and manufactures, the cultivation and encouragement of the mechanic and of the elegant arts, the advancement of literature, and the progress of the sciences, ornamental and profound, to refrain from exercising them for the benefit of the people themselves would be to hide in the earth the talent committed to our charge - would be treachery to the most sacred of trusts.
Page 220 - Their views upon that point have been submitted to the people of the United States ; and the counsels by which your conduct is now directed are the result of the judgment expressed by the only earthly tribunal to which the late administration was amenable for its acts.
Page 272 - That the maintenance inviolate of the rights of the States, and especially the right of each State to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgment exclusively...
Page 428 - That we inscribe on our banner Free Soil, Free Speech, Free Labor, and Free Men, and under it will fight on and fight ever, until a triumphant victory shall reward our exertions.
Page 203 - Both the constitutionality and the expediency of the law creating this bank are well questioned by a large portion of our fellow-citizens, and it must be admitted by all that it has failed in the great end of establishing a uniform and sound currency.

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