Galusha A. Grow: Father of the Homestead Law

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Houghton Mifflin, 1917 - Homestead law - 305 pages
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Page 238 - No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.
Page 127 - To give him all the kingdoms of the world if he would fall down and worship him," when, at the same time, the damned soul had not one foot of land upon earth.
Page 292 - Bring me men to match my mountains ; Bring me men to match my plains, — Men with empires in their purpose, And new eras in their brains.
Page 142 - ... the positive introduction of Slavery, either south or north of that line. Sir, while you reproach, and justly, too, our British ancestors, for the introduction of this institution upon the continent of America, I am, for one, unwilling that the posterity of the present inhabitants of California and New Mexico shall reproach us for doing just what we reproach Great Britain for doing to us.
Page 137 - ... error committed in the political history of this country was the ordinance of 1787, rendering the Northwest Territory free territory. The next great error was the Missouri compromise. But they are both irremediable. There is no remedy for them. We must submit to them. I am prepared to do it. It is evident that the Missouri compromise cannot be repealed. So far as that question is concerned, we might as well agree to the admission of this Territory now as next year, or five or ten years hence.
Page 143 - The sun has set for the last time upon the guaranteed and certain liberties of all the unsettled and unorganized portions of the American continent that lie within the jurisdiction of the United States. To-morrow's suu will rise in dim eclipse over them.
Page 95 - That the Democratic party will resist all attempts at renewing, in congress or out of it, the agitation of the slavery question under whatever shape or color the attempt may be made.
Page 84 - Said Galusha A. Grow of Pennsylvania, "as the means of sustaining life are derived almost entirely from the soil, every person has a right to so much of the earth's surface as is necessary to his support." Had man a right to life, he had a right to "the free use of whatever nature has provided for his sustenance — air to breathe, water to drink and land enough to cultivate for his subsistence.
Page 102 - That the public lands of the United States belong to the people, and should not be sold to individuals nor granted to corporations, but should be held as a sacred trust for the benefit of the people, and should be granted in limited quantities, free of cost, to landless settlers.
Page 142 - And, now, sir, coming from a slave State, as I do, I owe it to myself, I owe it to truth, I owe it to the subject, to say that no earthly power could induce me to vote for a specific measure for the introduction of slavery where it had not before existed, either South or North of that line.

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