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Page 96 - We consider the voluntary enslaving of one part of the human race by another as a gross violation of the most precious and sacred rights of human nature...
Page 35 - In doing this by force, they alleged that it was against the laws of God and nature, that so much land should be idle, while so many Christians wanted it to labor on, and to raise their bread, &c.
Page 51 - The American spirit — the traits that have come to be recognized as the most characteristic — was developed in the new commonwealths that ".-.sprang into life beyond the seaboard. In these new western lands Americans achieved a boldness of conception of the country's destiny and democracy. The ideal of the west was its emphasis upon the worth and possibilities of the common man, its belief in the right of every man to rise to the full measure of his own nature, under conditions of social mobility.
Page 152 - States, there was in the general tone of life a breadth of ideas, a liberality and freedom, which came from the consorting together of persons of different habits of living.
Page 148 - ... by law, many other means have been resorted to, by the pious and philanthropic classes of the community, to diffuse intelligence, improve the mind, and reform the morals of the people. Yet our system of education is languishing, in proportion to our other improvements.
Page 83 - They were not only opposed to slavery on the ground of its being a moral evil, in violation of personal right, but were of opinion, that, whatever might be its immediate advantages, it would ultimately retard the settlement, and check the prosperity of the Territory, by making labor less reputable, and creating feelings and habits unfriendly to the simplicity and industry they desired to encourage and perpetuate.
Page 149 - ... bitterness of its destitution. Condemned by many, neglected by all, and actually patronized by but few, it must sink into insignificance, unless it is speedily quickened by the impulse of a new life . . . . the principal obstacles .... are the inefficiency of township and district superintendents, the incompetency of teachers, and the absence of action, sympathy and interest on the part of the parents.
Page 101 - as a state it is our interest, in Ohio, to have slavery in the slaveholding states for a century yet, otherwise our growth would be checked. The broad and deep streams of wealth, numbers, enterprise, youth and vigor of the slave-holding states, now rolling into Ohio like mighty floods, would be stayed.
Page 44 - Other examples. and they present an interesting study. Pennsylvania had furnished over 200,000, more than twice as many as any other state and several times as many as all New England together. Taking the seven states which furnished the largest numbers, we find that, out of a total of a little less than a...