Chapter 34: America at school.
some measures have been taken to check an evil which is threatening to reduce White
settlers to the level of Creeks and Cherokees, and to convert the Potomac
into American Nigers and Senegals.
These measures are partly general, partly local; partly inquisitorial, partly remedial; but in every case they have improvement as their aim and end.
Four years ago, Americans
were living in a dream.
They knew that here and there a blotch defiled the fair face of their country, but they fancied that on the whole their “model republic” was a shining light in popular education.
Seven or eight years ago, some earnest watchers over American progress hinted that through the ravages of war, and through the poverty brought on several of the States, America had not only ceased