“The insidious forces which produce inequality and destroy liberty are the subject of a large part of this volume.”
Our study begins with a frank discussion of slavery, its impact on American life, and the constitutionality question.
Smith begins a series of essays on the Declaration of Independence by examining colonial reaction to its list of grievances.
Ingersoll tries to revive the Second Party System’s spirit of compromise—one marked by wilful ignorance of slavery, its horrors, and its legacy.
Founding father, scientist, businessman, diplomat—Franklin was America’s original “self-made man.”
Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
“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.”
The Coercive Acts led Americans to blame the king for the conspiracy to strip them of their rights and liberties.
Palmer “went to New York…to set up a table for the Young Libertarian Alliance, hoping to find some sparks…that might be fanned into flames.” No dice.
Riggenbach handles the mainstay and workhorse of modern fiction.
English monarchs used revenues from corporate charters to work around parliamentary control of the power to tax.
“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.”
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he also draw directly from contemporary works?
Who can win in the new American economic order?
“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.”
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.”
In his “Speech on the Oregon Question,” New York Representative Charles Goodyear stood for a small republic in the face of continental imperialism.
“Trying to improve the government school system in the 1990s is like a great national effort to improve horses in the 1890s.”