Historic Eras and Paragraphic Pencilings by William J. ScottHistoric Eras and Paragraphic Pencilings by William J. Scott

Historic Eras and Paragraphic Pencilings

byWilliam J. Scott

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892. Excerpt: ... Jamestown And Plymouth Rock, The average American statesman has been slow to apprehend, or else strangely reluctant to acknowledge the existence of two widely divergent civilizations on this continent. Our national coat of arms is emblazoned by the legend, E Pluribiis Unum, but the stupid conceit is flatly contradicted by almost every page of our national history. Never, except in the presence of a common peril, or under the pressure of a common necessity, has there been more than the faintest semblance of national unity. And no sooner was the external pressure withdrawn than the old antagonisms were revived. In the laboratory of the chemist there is a recognized difference between a mechanical mixture as of water and alcohol, and a chemical combination as of an acid with a metallic base. The one is the result of a well-defined law of affinity; the other is the product of physical contact and commingling. This serves to illustrate what we mean when we assert that strict national unity has never been realized in all the years of our past political history. It was in somewise formulated in the Articles of Confederation adopted to meet the exigencies of the revolutionary period. It was afterwards rendered more compact in the Federal Constitution of 1787, which, as John Quincy Adams alleged, was "wrung from the necessities of a reluctant people." It is symbolized in the starry ensign of the Republic, but as for a veritable hand and heart union it is utterly unhistorical. Apart from this truth, the party contests of the last hundred years have been a selfish scramble for official spoils, and the late war between the States is stripped of its heroic aspects, and was the naked outcome of savage bloodthirstiness. In the earliest Colonial records, as well as in th...
Title:Historic Eras and Paragraphic PencilingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217222188

ISBN - 13:9780217222181