The Man Farthest Down: A Record of Observation and Study in Europe

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Doubleday, Page et Comp., 1912 - Europe - 390 pages
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Page 306 - The tears fell from her eyes as she spoke. I knew that it was so. My own observation, very small and of little worth as compared with hers, had yet shown me this. And I was struck with horror at the besotted condition of so many of the women, — women who were bearing children every year, and suckling them, and who seemed to me little better than foul human stills through which the accursed liquor with which they were soaked filtered drop by drop into the little drunkards at their breasts. To these...
Page 389 - ... and, strange as it may seem, it is still true that the world looks, on the whole, more interesting, more hopeful, and more filled with God's providence, when you are at the bottom looking up than when you are at the top looking down.
Page 84 - European immigration might create "a racial problem in the South more difficult and more dangerous than that which is caused by the presence of the Negro.
Page 112 - Naples a larger class living in the dirt, degradation, and ignorance at the bottom of society than in any other city I visited in Europe.
Page 13 - ... he both manipulated and by whom, in turn, he was manipulated. As a character sketch of Washington, the present work is illuminating; and nowhere more so than when utilizing Washington's unpublished correspondence. Witness such priceless insights as "I find markets more instructive than museums ... I have never been greatly interested in the past, for the past is something that you cannot change. I like the new, the unfinished and the problematic.
Page 144 - The Negro is not the man farthest down. The condition of the coloured farmer in the most backward parts of the Southern States in America, even where he has the least education and the least encouragement, is incomparably better than the condition and opportunities of the agricultural population in Sicily.
Page 240 - Moses leading the children of Israel out of the house of bondage, through the wilderness, and into the promised land.
Page 36 - I could compare the men at the bottom in England. My own people in the South do not fully appreciate the advantages which they have in living in a country where there is a constant demand for labour of all kinds. If I were asked what I believe would...
Page 25 - It is generally said that the Negro represents in America the man farthest down. In going to Europe I had in mind to compare the masses of the Negro people of the South with the masses in Europe in something like the same stage of civilization. It would not be difficult to compare the Negro in the South with the Polish peasant, for example, because the masses of the Poles are, like the masses of the Negroes, an agricultural people. I know no class among the Negroes in America, however, with whom...
Page 354 - Indeed, as we now see with painful clearness, we have, in the long run, for the maintenance of our pre-eminent industrial position in the world, nothing to depend on except the brains of our people. Public education has, therefore, insensibly come to be regarded, not as a matter of philanthropy undertaken for the sake of the individual children benefited, but as a matter of national concern undertaken in the interest of the community as a whole.

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