Rogers introduces Cinques and the Amistad rebels, who showed that a chance at liberty and autonomy was more precious than life under slavery.
Backus details the long history of Baptist sufferings in the American colonies, suggesting that only full disestablishment could protect minorities’ interests.
Backus details the ways in which early modern British statecraft merged church and state into the same invasive impediment to true salvation and happiness.
Backus begins the most famous sermon of his life with the argument that no government may justifiably intervene in ecclesiastical life.
“The hour is approaching when the laboring classes…will recognize that they have a common cause, a common humanity, and a common enemy.”
“The worst thing about Trump is likely to be how moderate he turns out to be. And that American statism, imperialism, will continue to march right along.”
“The white men and women of the South should get down from the delectable mountain of delusive superiority which they have climbed.”
“The color of their skin must cease to be an index to their political creed…The black men and white men of the South have a common destiny.”
“The fate of the lamb has been left to the mercy of the lion and the tiger.”
“Practically, there is no [American] law which [protects] the black man and his rights. He is, like the Irishman in Ireland, an alien in his native land.”
“It was not because the people of the nation hated slavery and oppression that they rushed upon the field of battle.”
“There are no ‘Liberators’ to-day, and the William Lloyd Garrisons have nearly all of them gone the way of all the world.”
“Unwieldy and immense, who shall hold in behemoth? who bridle leviathan?”
“Political democracy, as it exists and practically works in America, with all its threatening evils, supplies a training-school for making first-class men.”
“We shall…find the origin-idea of the singleness of man, individualism, asserting itself, and cropping forth, even from the opposite ideas.”
“Beard believed that in attempting to disperse power, the framers also destroyed authority.”
Ames’ classical republicanism differed from the Jeffersonian approval of multiple factions, an optimistic view of human nature, and democratic populism.
“Jefferson…wanted government to offer protection to the personal realm, so that men might freely exercise their beneficent faculties.”