Essays in American History, Dedicated to Frederick Jackson Turner

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Guy Stanton Ford
H. Holt, 1910 - Latin America - 293 pages
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Page 89 - That coarseness and strength combined with acuteness and inquisitiveness; that practical, inventive turn of mind, quick to find expedients; that masterful grasp of material things, lacking in the artistic but powerful to effect great ends...
Page 131 - I will here express but one sentiment, which is, that dismemberment of our empire will be a clear sacrifice of great positive advantages without any counterbalancing good, administering no relief to our real disease, which is democracy, the poison of which by a subdivision will only be the more concentrated in each part, and consequently the more virulent.
Page 115 - He thought the rule of representation ought to be so fixed, as to secure to the Atlantic States a prevalence in the national councils.
Page 44 - Time is acting for us ; and if we shall have the wisdom to trust its operation, it will assert and maintain our right with resistless force, without costing a cent of money or a drop of blood.
Page 131 - States as to their situation, extent, habits, and particular interests." The debates of that period will show that the effect of the slave votes upon the political influence of this part of the country, and the anticipated variation of the weight of power to the west, were subjects of great and just jealousy to some of the best patriots in the northern and eastern States. Suppose, then, that it had been distinctly foreseen that in addition to the effect of this weight the whole population of a world...
Page 71 - There is one circumstance very distressing, that of our own moneys being discredited, to all intents and purposes, by the great number of traders who come here in my absence, each outbidding the other, giving prices unknown in this country by five hundred per cent., by which the people conceived it to be of no value, and both French and Spaniards refused to take a farthing of it.
Page 147 - We, therefore, the producers of the state in our several counties assembled ... do solemnly declare that we will use all lawful and peaceable means to free ourselves from the tyranny of monopoly, and that we will never cease our efforts for reform until every department of our government gives token that the reign of licentious extravagance is over, and something of the purity, honesty, and frugality with which our fathers inaugurated it, has taken its place. "That to this end we hereby declare ourselves...
Page 72 - The establishment of some temporary form of government was thought to be expedient, for, as stated in the act, "from their remote situation, it may at this time be difficult if not impracticable to govern them by the present laws of this commonwealth, until proper information, by intercourse with their fellow citizens, on the east side of the Ohio, shall have familiarized them to the same.
Page 115 - The busy haunts of men, not the remote wilderness, was the proper school of political talents. If the western people get the power into their hands, they will ruin the Atlantic interests. The back members are always most averse to the best measures.
Page 224 - I no more doubt that the North will abolish slavery the very first moment it feels itself able to do it without too much cost, than I doubt my existence. I think that as a remedy for the South, dissolution is not enough, and a Southern Confederacy not enough. The latter would not stop the process by which some states, Virginia for example, are becoming free, viz. by ridding themselves of their slaves; and therefore we should in time with a Confederacy again have a North and a South. The only thing...

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