Uncle Sam at home

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byJames Howard Bridge

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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. 1888. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. SOCIAL ATAVISM; OK OLD THINGS UNDER A NEW NAME. "To tear down the sky in order to catch larks is wasteful extravagance, and should be forbidden by law."--A New Lapuia. T is well known to breeders of pigeons, rabbits and dogs tbat the offspring of pure-blooded parents often shows a lowbreed taint. The litter of a high-bred lop-eared rabbit often contains an animal possessing the appearance and character of a remote wild progenitor. The new-born ass sometimes shows the zebra-markings of a distant ancestor, and horses are sometimes born with three toes. In plants, too, the same tendency is observed: peaches sometimes appear on a nectarine-tree. Men and women, too, revert to ancestral types. We all know some one who is the image of his grandfather, and not a bit like his father. And ancestral character, as well as appearance, is apt thus to break out in later generations. Some men, indeed, seem to inherit with great directness the instincts and desires of some ancestor who lived among the cave men in a paleolithic age, while others, with some traits adapted to nineteenth-century civilization, are ever ready to drop into the habits and feelings of that hairy ancestor who lived in tree-tops, ages before the cave men. This reversion to ancestral types Mr. Darwin called atavism. Societies as well as individuals sometimes display a retrograde tendency. Laws and customs which they have outgrown, and which are no longer fitted to their advanced condition, grow up afresh, just as the canine teeth of men occasionally acquire the prominence of fangs. In America the highest social development the world has ever seen is accompanied hy the most conspicuous examples of social atavism. And let me here explain what I mean by the highest social development. I do ...

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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. 1888. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. SOCIAL ATAVISM; OK OLD THINGS UNDER A NEW NAME. "To tear down the sky in order to catch larks is wasteful extrava...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217653634

ISBN - 13:9780217653633

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