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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 2 0 Browse Search
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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 2 0 Browse Search
An English Combatant, Lieutenant of Artillery of the Field Staff., Battlefields of the South from Bull Run to Fredericksburgh; with sketches of Confederate commanders, and gossip of the camps. 1 1 Browse Search
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John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 1: introduction (search)
strongest man in America. He was affected in his thought by no one. What he was thinking, all men were destined to think. How had he found that clew and skeleton-key to his age, which put him in possession of such terrible power? What he hurled in the air went everywhere and smote all men. Tide and tempest served him. His power of arousing uncontrollable disgust was a gift, like magic; and he seems to sail upon it as a demon upon the wind. Not Andrew Jackson, nor John Quincy Adams, nor Webster, nor Clay, nor Benton, nor Calhoun,--who dance like shadows about his machine,--but William Lloyd Garrison becomes the central figure in American life. If one could see a mystical presentation of the epoch, one would see Garrison as a Titan, turning a giant grindstone or electrical power-wheel, from which radiated vibrations in larger and in ever larger, more communicative circles and spheres of agitation, till there was not a man, woman, or child in America who was not a-tremble. We
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 2: the Background (search)
the most widespread form of metaphysical faith among us. No doubt all nations harbor similar prejudices as to their own institutions; but the nations of Europe have been jostled into liberalism by their contiguity one with another; and the jostling is now being extended to us. During our early history, however, we were isolated, and our intellectual classes took their American history a little too seriously. The state of mind of our statesmen and scholars in that epoch is well summed up in Webster's reply to Hayne. That speech closes an epoch. It is the great paving-stone of conclusive demonstration, placed upon the mouth of a natural spring. All this while something had been left out in all the nation's political and social philosophy — something which policy forbade men to search for, and this something was beginning to move in the pit of the stomach of Americans, and to make them feel exceedingly and vaguely ill. In order to bind the Colonies into a more lasting union, a cer
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 6: Retrospect and prospect. (search)
Protean forms is summarized in a well-known legal anecdote. Judge Harrington of Vermont is said to have told the attorney for a Southern owner who was seeking to recover a fugitive slave in 1808, that his evidence of ownership was insufficient. What evidence does your honor require? Nothing less than a bill of sale from God Almighty. This story gives the two elements, pity and business interest, expressed in terms of constitutional argument. It summarizes the labors of our statesmen,--Webster, Calhoun, Sumner, Taney, Douglas, Lincoln,--each of whom had his bout with the problem. The unfortunate American statesmen who were obliged to formulate a philosophy upon the matter seem to me like that procession of hypocrites in Dante's Purgatory, robed in mantles of lead. They emerge, each bent down with his weight of logic, blinded by his view of the inherited curse — nursing his critique of the constitution; they file across the pages of our history from Jefferson to Lincoln — sad, p
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 8: the Rynders mob (search)
w any disturbance that arises in a public meeting ought to be handled by the managers of the meeting. It has a lesson for all agitators and popular speakers. It gives, indeed, a picture of humanity during a turbulent crisis, a picture that is Athenian, Roman, Mediaeval, modern — a scene of democratic life, flung to us from the ages. I shall copy the account of this meeting almost verbatim from the large Life of Garrison. No comment can add to the power of it. We have to remember that Webster had made his famous Compromise speech just two months before this meeting; and that the phalanxes of all conservative people, from George Ticknor, in Boston, to the rowdies on the Bowery in New York, were being marshalled to repress Abolition as they had not been marshalled since 1835. It must be noted also that this attempt succeeded on the whole. In spite of the triumph which the Abolitionists scored at this particular meeting, it became impossible for them to hold meetings in great ci
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 9: Garrison and Emerson. (search)
but the simple and wise shall judge, not the Whartons and Drakes, but some divine savage like Webster, Wordsworth, and Reed, whom neither the town nor the college ever made, shall say that we shallard the whip; I never felt the check on my free speech and action, until, the other day, when Mr. Webster, by his personal influence, brought the Fugitive Slave Law on the country. I say Mr. WebsterMr. Webster, for though the Bill was not his, it is yet notorious that he was the life and soul of it, that he gave it all he had: it cost him his life, and under the shadow of his great name inferior men shelt fame, talent, even a repute for honesty, all count for nothing. Emerson next discovers that Webster (formerly one of his gods) has never said anything of any consequence anyway. If his moral senved! Now what is it that has brought Emerson to this pass? It is Daniel Webster's defection. Webster's defection was like the falling of a mighty tower that jarred whole classes and categories of
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Epilogue (search)
ity and the complexity of the whole movement — the inevitability not only of the outcome, but of the process. That Garrison should have disapproved of the entry of Abolition into party politics, and that he should have raved like a hen upon the river bank when he saw the ducklings he had hatched rush into political waters; that the great intellect of Calhoun should have been driven forward by a suicidal logic into theories that were at war with the world's whole inheritance of truth; that Webster should have been now right, now wrong, or the Supreme Court now enlightened by a flickering compassion or again overshadowed by the Spirit of Crime;--such facts as these are parts of the great story, and can hardly be handled or sampled by themselves, hardly separated, even for a moment, from their context. The private judgments which we are tempted to utter concerning critical phases or moments in any great cycle and sweep of destiny, are never conclusive, never important. We cannot kn
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Index (search)
., 48, 49, 256. Goodell, William, 127. Grant, Professor, 214, 215. Greeley, Horace, 216. Green, Beriah, 74, 75. Gurney, Samuel, 245, 251. Harrington, Judge, 140. Harris, Miss, colored pupil of P. Crandall, 70, 71. Hayne, Robert Y., Webster's reply to, 14; appeals to Otis against G., 53; Liberator, quoted on, 53, 54. Henry, Patrick, 215. Herndon, William H., quoted, 259, 260. Holmes, 0. W., 230. Hopkins, John H., his View of Slavery, 200. Hopper, Isaac T., 210. Houghtnited States, slavery question in, 1830 to 1865, 2 f., 6, 7; state of, 1850 to 1860, 01, 11; a slave republic, 17. Virginia, 23. Walker's appeal, 51. Ward, Samuel R., 217. Washington, George, 215. Webb, Richard D., quoted, 195. Webster, Daniel, his Reply to Hayne, 14; Channing and, 28; and the Fugitive Slave Law, 235, 236, 238; Abolitionists and, 239; 138, 140, 199. Weld, Theodore D., 69, 187. Wells, E. M. P., 200. white, James C., quoted, 56. Whittier, John G., 43. wise
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 6: return to New York journalism (search)
he people. Agitation and discussion were the daily occupation of editors, politicians, and statesmen. Missouri Compromises, Wilmot Provisos, the Omnibus Resolutions, Squatter Sovereignty, the Nebraska Bill, the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, the prohibition of slavery in the territories, the dissolution of the Union, the preservation of the Union, were subjects of absorbing interest more or less constantly under discussion. The great public men of the period were Clay, Webster, and Calhoun; while Benton, Dayton, Davis, Douglas, Crittenden, Sumner, Foote, Seward, and Mangum were lesser lights; but each was striving in his own way to compose the differences between the sections by compromises and arrangements, which it was hoped would not only save the Union, but would also save slavery where it legally existed, and put an end forever to the discussion of the slavery question. Each did his part according to his lights, but still the agitation went on with ever-in
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 9: Dana's influence in the tribune (search)
r small, but meeting every question as it arose, bravely and squarely, without any visible shadow of selfish or personal bias. The death of Senator Benton, in April, 1858, was followed by an appreciative editorial in the Tribune analyzing his character, pointing out both its weak and its strong points, praising his courage, his integrity, his morality, his fidelity, and his great personal force, but giving him small credit for real statesmanship or mental ability when compared with Clay, Webster, and Calhoun. During the entire period of Buchanan's administration the Tribune cultivated close relations with Seward, Collamer, Chase, Fessenden, Hale, Sunnier, Henry Wilson, and all the other rising men of the Republican party. A warm and devoted friendship grew up between them, with Dana as well as with Greeley. The paper was their chief support, as well as their chief means of reaching their constituents through a friendly interpretation. Under Dana's special guidance it had als
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