"'Tis Sixty Years Since": Address of Charles Francis Adams, Founders' Day, January 16, 1913, University of South Carolina

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Macmillan, 1913 - United States - 66 pages
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Page 34 - Mr. Lecky referred to the discovery of America as producing, among other far-reaching effects, one which he considers most momentous of all. To quote his words: The produce of the American mines created, in the most extreme form ever known in Europe, the change which beyond all others affects most deeply and universally the material well-being of man: it revolutionized the value of the precious metals, and, in consequence, the price of all articles, the effects of all contracts, the burden of all...
Page 47 - We have all heard of a famous, much-quoted remark of Mr. Gladstone to the effect that the Constitution of the United States was "the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man." This may or may not be so. I propose neither to affirm nor to controvert it, here and now; but, however wonderful it may actually have been, it would have been more than wonderful, it would have been distinctly miraculous, had it on the instant so wrought...
Page 16 - I confess to-day I stand appalled. It is said, — whether truthfully or not, — that when some years ago John Morley, the English writer and thinker, was in this country, on returning to England he remarked that the African race question, as now existing in the United States, presented a problem as nearly, to his mind, insoluble as any human problem well could be. I do not care whether Lord Morley made this statement or did not make it. I am prepared, however, to say that, individually, so far...
Page 15 - I do not hesitate to say we theorists and abstractionists of the North, throughout that long antislavery discussion which ended with the 1861 clash of arms, were thoroughly wrong. In utter disregard of fundamental scientific facts, we theoretically believed that all men—no matter what might be the color of their skin or the texture of their hair—were, if placed under exactly similar conditions, in essentials the same. In other words, we indulged in the curious and, as is now admitted, utterly...
Page 20 - The solution thus most pronouncedly laid down by Colonel Haskell may or may not prove in this case correct and final. It certainly is not for me, coming from the North, to undertake dogmatically to pass upon it. I recur to it here as a plausible suggestion only, in connection with my theme. As such, it unquestionably merits consideration. I am by no means prepared to go the length of an English authority in recently saying that "emancipation on two continents sacrificed the real welfare of the slave...
Page 22 - What actually occurred is now historic. The confident anticipations of our English brethren were, not for the first time, negatived ; nor is there any page in our American record more creditable to those concerned, than the attitude held by the African during the fierce internecine struggle which prevailed between April, 1861, and April, 1865. In it there is scarcely a trace, if indeed there is any trace at all, of such a condition of affairs as had developed in the Antilles in 1790 and in Hindustan...
Page 15 - who had never had a chance," — a fellow-man who was guilty, as we chose to express it, of a skin not colored like our own. In other words, though carved in ebony, he also was in the image of God. Following out this theory, under the lead of men to whom scientific analysis and observation were anathema if opposed to accepted cardinal political theories as enunciated in the Declaration as read by them, the African was not only emancipated, but so far as the letter of the law, as expressed in an...
Page 43 - History testifies unmistakably and unanimously to the passion of democracies for incompetence. There is nothing democracy dislikes and suspects so heartily as technical efficiency, particularly when it is independent of the popular vote.
Page 46 - Paracelsus," so denominated, was one of Robert Browning's earlier poems. In it he causes the fifteenthcentury alchemist and forerunner of all modern pharmaceutical chemistry, to declare that as the result of long travel and much research " I possess Two sorts of knowledge; one,—vast, shadowy, Hints of the unbounded aim. . . . The other consists of many secrets, caught While bent on nobler prize,—perhaps a few Prime principles which may conduct to much: These last I offer.
Page 15 - ... assimilated. In this all-important respect I do not hesitate to say we theorists and abstractionists of the North, throughout that long antislavery discussion which ended with the 1861 clash of arms, were thoroughly wrong. In utter disregard of fundamental scientific facts, we theoretically believed that all men — no matter what might be the color of their skin or the texture of their hair — were, if placed under exactly similar conditions, in essentials the same. In other words, we indulged...

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