Ingersoll tries to revive the Second Party System’s spirit of compromise—one marked by wilful ignorance of slavery, its horrors, and its legacy.
The Coercive Acts led Americans to blame the king for the conspiracy to strip them of their rights and liberties.
Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
Riggenbach handles the mainstay and workhorse of modern fiction.
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?
“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.”
“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.”
English monarchs used revenues from corporate charters to work around parliamentary control of the power to tax.
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.
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.”
Melville’s short story echoes his generation of artists’ widespread fears for America’s future. Without sufficient individual virtue, could polite society survive?
“Life is not eternal and death can separate us, but the Blockchain is forever.” - David Mondrus and Joyce Bayo on their blockchain wedding
Powell examines the expansion of liberty in western culture and covers the history of free thinkers from Cicero to Ayn Rand.