The Revolution of 1848: Dr. Hermann Kiefer : Chairman of the Freiburg Meeting

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Richard D. Badger : Gorham Press, 1918 - Germany - 137 pages
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Page 47 - Here is an empire of freemen, separated by the broad Atlantic from the contests of force and oppression, which seem to succeed each other like the waves of the ocean in the mighty changes going on in Europe — twenty millions of people enjoying a measure of prosperity which God, in His providence, has granted to no other nation of the earth. With no interest to warp their judgment; with neither prejudice nor animosity to excite them; and with a public opinion as free as the air they breathe, they...
Page 36 - The most powerful force of the present time, that of Nationality, has become the most dangerous weapon in the hands of the enemies of rightful order.
Page 92 - ... marriages entered, and morality severely injured. To show the kind of "their homes," I add with inclosure No. 15 a list of sixteen parties, taken from the " official communications." Regarding food of workingmen, or " how they live," the same report says: "The fare of workingmen is on the whole a sufficient one, the prices of provisions being in accordance with wages paid, although the former differ about 20 per cent, in various places of the province.
Page 48 - ... the air they breathe, they can survey these events as dispassionately as is compatible with that natural sympathy for the oppressed which is implanted in the human breast. Think you not, sir, that their voice, sent from these distant shores, would cheer the unfortunate onward in their work — would encourage them while bearing their evils to bear them bravely as men who hope — and when driven to resist by a pressure no longer to be borne, to exert themselves as men who peril all upon the effort?...
Page 121 - America and who had fought for the liberation of men in times of peace, as well as in times of war, but he still beheld the liberation of the German peoples in the light of the interpretation of 1848.
Page 94 - They never can get a home for themselves ; nothing they can call their own in the world, except their poverty and their misery. Thousands and thousands more would come to the United States every year if they only could save the few marks to pay for the passage. All that has been said holds out for the great majority of workpeople ; there are exceptions on both ends of the...
Page 105 - The mediaeval university," observed one of the greatest teachers of the last century, " looked backwards ; it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge, and except in the way of dialectic cobweb-spinning, its professors had nothing to do with novelties. Of the historical and physical (natural) sciences, of criticism and laboratory practice it knew nothing. Oral teaching was of supreme importance on account of the cost and rarity of manuscripts. The modern university looks forward, and...
Page 48 - ... is as powerful, and as powerfully exerted, in France and in England as in the United States. Its effects may not be immediate or immediately visible; but they are sure to come, and to come in power. Its voice is louder than the booming of cannon; and it is heard on the very confines of civilization. Our Declaration of Independence has laid the foundation of mightier changes in the world than any event since the spirit of the Crusades precipitated Europe upon Asia.
Page 101 - She was made a member of the American Historical association, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Page 96 - I tried to get official figures about all these points to show in tabular form the percentage of suffering in physical or moral respects, but in vain. Those who have evaded all the perils surrounding their childhood and youth grow up still as comparatively strong and healthy if not tall men ; and the three years...

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