America: or, A general survey of the political situation of the several powers of the western continent, by a citizen of the United States [A.H. Everett].

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Murray, 1828 - America - 364 pages
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Page 211 - It is needless to dwell on this topic ; and we say with the same writer, the blacks had a long and glorious day : and after what they have been and done, it argues not so much a mistaken theory, as sheer ignorance of the most notorious historical facts, to pretend that they are naturally inferior to the whites.
Page 207 - While Greece and Rome were yet barbarous, we find the light of learning and improvement emanating from this, by supposition, degraded and accursed continent of Africa, out of the midst of this very woolly-haired, flat-nosed, thick lipped, and coal black race, which some persons are tempted to station at a pretty low intermediate point between men and monkeys...
Page 179 - ... attended with such brilliant success, was certainly seducing ; and it would ill become me to intimate, that any other or better mode of proceeding could possibly have been discovered. We ought not, however, to be so blinded by partiality for our own government, or for those who have done us the honor to copy it, as to forget that the legislators of Spanish America, in imitating so closely the works of our patriots and sages, have not precisely followed their example. They too had successful and...
Page 145 - European fabrics, which under these circumstances must of course reduce itself to nothing. In some particular sections of the union, the inconveniences of this state of things are partially relieved, by an extensive cultivation of the materials employed by the European manufacturers, which will bear transportation on account of the great profits obtained by working them up, and which, not being the growth of Europe, must of course be admitted. These articles, principally cotton, with some other agricultural...
Page 207 - ... doubtless been inclined to regard itself as a favoured race, endowed by nature and Providence with an essential superiority over all the others. But on reviewing the course of history, we find this accidental difference uniformly disappearing after a while, and the sceptre of civilization...
Page 211 - ... of the most notorious historical facts, to pretend that they are naturally inferior to the whites. It would seem, indeed, as I have hinted before, that if any race have a right to claim a sort of pre-eminence over others, on the fair and honourable ground of talents displayed and benefits conferred, it is precisely this very one, which we take upon us, in the pride of a temporary superiority, to stamp with the brand of essential degradation.
Page 148 - If in the ardor and inexperience of youth he had exalted his imagination with brilliant visions of some fancied distant good, and sets off in the expectation of finding an earthly paradise ready planted to his hands on the banks of the Wabash or the Missouri, he may feel, perhaps, but little regret at the moment of parting. But he soon finds how much he has deceived himself. Could he even obtain an immediate and easy possession of all the abundance he expected, his golden dreams would still not be...
Page 147 - ... are or are not the same as on the other side of the globe. If a cultivator in the western country obtains from his neighbours in exchange for a part of his grain, good clothes and furniture, and a good education for his children, of what consequence is it to him, whether he gives for these comforts and blessings more or less grain than they cost in Europe...
Page 209 - The great Assyrian empires of Babylon and Nineveh, hardly less illustrious than Egypt in arts and arms, were founded by Ethiopian colonies, and peopled by blacks.
Page 333 - ... for Mississippi against the United States'? (William Faulkner, 1956; p. 131.) Who said, and when: 'At no distant period, Russia may very probably obtain an actual military dominion over the rest of Europe. If the ascendancy of Russia does not bring with it a return of barbarism, it will evidently be because the principle of civilization and improvement will be powerfully sustained by aid from abroad, that is from America'?

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