Rather than ride the wave of romantic, nationalistic Young Americanism, Rogers wanted to build a culture of abolitionism.
Our study begins with a frank discussion of slavery, its impact on American life, and the constitutionality question.
In his “Speech on the Oregon Question,” New York Representative Charles Goodyear stood for a small republic in the face of continental imperialism.
If Old South slavery was so awful, how did it produce poet George Moses Horton?—Through his life and verse, we seek out an answer.
“Let Texas go to Great Britain if she pleases. She has a right to be a slave in her own way.”
“But let us avoid all frontier movements…War would only insure the oppression and captivity of tens of thousands who are happy in the bosoms of their families.”
In our final portion from Jackson’s veto message, the president denies the Court’s authority to constrain his will and affirms states’ rights to monopoly banking.
Jackson’s message looms large in the libertarian memory of early American history, but how often do we stop to interrogate his motivations?
“Should tyrants take it into their heads to emancipate any of you, remember that your freedom is your natural right…God will dash tyrants…into atoms.”
“Can our condition be any worse? Can it be more mean and abject?…They cannot treat us worse; for they well know the day they do it they are gone.”
Ingersoll concludes by examining religious liberty in America. He goes so far as to single out Catholics for their enormous contributions to American life.
Ingersoll moves to discuss the American contributions to practical life in an era when great efficiency yielded greater power and influence.
Address Delivered at the Request of the Committee for Arrangements for Celebrating the Anniversary of Independence
John Quincy Adams argued that any government that attempted to compel others to adopt its values by force risked undermining liberty at home.
“O! Thomas, you have had a long nap, and spent a great number of years in ease & plenty, upon our hard earned property.”
Gow’s pirate crew—much of it sailing with him involuntarily—falls apart, and Gow is hanged.
In Restoration-era Virginia, exiled Parliamentarians, New Model Army veterans, radical Dissenters, and African slaves joined powers to revolutionize their colony.
Morton tells the Puritans “that they would [in due time] repent those malicious practices, and so would he too; for he was a Separatist amongst the Separatists.”
Native Americans lived happier and freer, “being void of care, which torments…so many Christians: They are not delighted in baubles, but in useful things.”