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Mexico (Mexico, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 16
And if it be said that though kindred may quarrel yet an emergency commonly reunites them, it must be remembered that this was written at the time of our own greatest emergency, the only effect of which was to set these our kindred further off. As the England-loving Motley wrote in those days, the greatest war of principle which has been waged in this generation at least was of no more importance to her [England], except as it bore upon the cotton question, than the wretched squabbles of Mexico or South America. Motley's Correspondence, I., 373.--We knew that this was true at that time of the aristocratic class and of the literary class; but Mr. Arnold's correspondence gives us a curious illustration how true it was of the middle class also. In the very last year of the Civil War, it seems, a class in the Training College, which Arnold was inspecting, had it as a subject to write an imaginary letter from an English emigrant in America in regard to matters here, and there is real
America (Netherlands) (search for this): chapter 16
e Civil War, it seems, a class in the Training College, which Arnold was inspecting, had it as a subject to write an imaginary letter from an English emigrant in America in regard to matters here, and there is really not one per cent., Arnold writes, who does not take the strongest possible side for the Confederates; and you know the Times and the Saturday Review, and by the London penny-a-liners, all studiously working to destroy all English sympathy in the minds of that literary class in America which should be, in case of need, most friendly to England. It is impossible to estimate how much this petty literary antagonism has done to furnish fuel for theceive such scorn in return, this demands of us too much humility or too complete an indifference. Les Contemporains, IV., 299. The so-called jingo feeling in America — which seems, to the present writer, a peril and an anachronism — will never be fully comprehended except by studying the kindred condition of the French mind, a
South America (search for this): chapter 16
be said that though kindred may quarrel yet an emergency commonly reunites them, it must be remembered that this was written at the time of our own greatest emergency, the only effect of which was to set these our kindred further off. As the England-loving Motley wrote in those days, the greatest war of principle which has been waged in this generation at least was of no more importance to her [England], except as it bore upon the cotton question, than the wretched squabbles of Mexico or South America. Motley's Correspondence, I., 373.--We knew that this was true at that time of the aristocratic class and of the literary class; but Mr. Arnold's correspondence gives us a curious illustration how true it was of the middle class also. In the very last year of the Civil War, it seems, a class in the Training College, which Arnold was inspecting, had it as a subject to write an imaginary letter from an English emigrant in America in regard to matters here, and there is really not one pe
France (France) (search for this): chapter 16
isely. Yet even among the class most charged with it the costliest things, the domestic architecture, the furniture, the internal decorations of houses, are almost all brought from the continent of Europe, not from England; while we go mainly to France for pictures and to Germany for science, very much as if England did not exist. In all this there is properly no element of liking or disliking, but merely the natural impulse of a newer nation to go where there are the best models, and to get tther cheek to the smiter is yet imperfectly established. When we speak of England as isolated among the nations of Europe is it possible to forget how long the arrogance of the typical Englishman has been isolating itself? Surprise is felt that France, amid the rumors of wars, should turn to Germany, which so lately humiliated her, and should turn from England, which was only an ancient foe. But to find the secrets of this hostility we must look from the publicists to the literary men, who wil
ght up foolishly for imitation, but more often wisely. Yet even among the class most charged with it the costliest things, the domestic architecture, the furniture, the internal decorations of houses, are almost all brought from the continent of Europe, not from England; while we go mainly to France for pictures and to Germany for science, very much as if England did not exist. In all this there is properly no element of liking or disliking, but merely the natural impulse of a newer nation to h this petty literary antagonism has done to furnish fuel for the so-called jingo side in a world where the gospel of turning the other cheek to the smiter is yet imperfectly established. When we speak of England as isolated among the nations of Europe is it possible to forget how long the arrogance of the typical Englishman has been isolating itself? Surprise is felt that France, amid the rumors of wars, should turn to Germany, which so lately humiliated her, and should turn from England, whi
Russian River (Alaska, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
visit the wrecked vessel: he was not paying a compliment to the vessel; he simply desired the things on board. But it is a curious fact that men's likings are usually simpler and less perplexing than their dislikings; and this is true of our national instincts. It is plain enough why we should like or imitate England; but whence comes this vague and widely spread dislike of her? Why is it that our naval officers tell us that they fraternize more cordially in foreign ports with French or Russian naval officers than with English? Why is it that if sane Americans could soberly contemplate the prospect of a war with any nation on earth, there is no question that a war with England would be more popular than any other, in almost all parts of the United States? Undoubtedly there are many causes. There are the long traditions of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and the instinctive dislikes towards England of Republican protectionists and of Irish-American Democrats. But i
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 16
It is plain enough why we should like or imitate England; but whence comes this vague and widely spread dislike of her? Why is it that our naval officers tell us that they fraternize more cordially in foreign ports with French or Russian naval officers than with English? Why is it that if sane Americans could soberly contemplate the prospect of a war with any nation on earth, there is no question that a war with England would be more popular than any other, in almost all parts of the United States? Undoubtedly there are many causes. There are the long traditions of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and the instinctive dislikes towards England of Republican protectionists and of Irish-American Democrats. But it would seem as if, in spite of all these things, blood must be thicker than water, and that even those who are not linked with the mother-country by blood must recognize some tie of language, at least at a time when it looks as if that great empire, so aggressiv
rica in regard to matters here, and there is really not one per cent., Arnold writes, who does not take the strongest possible side for the Confederates; and you know from what class these students were drawn. Letters, I., 285. They were drawn, we may assume, from the lower middle class. This corresponds to all the experience of those who visited England during or soon after the Civil War, to the overwhelming antagonism there existing against the Union cause at a time when we were, in General Sherman's phrase, expending one thousand million dollars and one hundred thousand lives to put down the slavery which England had always condemned us for tolerating. Moreover, fortunately or unfortunately, the sympathy of England for secession when manifested came in a form so inadequate and inconsistent that it offended even those whom it meant to befriend, and there is no especial sympathy visible in our Southern States in that direction. Add to this the long series of insults so ingenio
Jules Lemaitre (search for this): chapter 16
shed. When we speak of England as isolated among the nations of Europe is it possible to forget how long the arrogance of the typical Englishman has been isolating itself? Surprise is felt that France, amid the rumors of wars, should turn to Germany, which so lately humiliated her, and should turn from England, which was only an ancient foe. But to find the secrets of this hostility we must look from the publicists to the literary men, who will reveal it. It was the accomplished critic Jules Lemaitre who wrote, a few years ago: The Frenchman who sets foot in London feels himself weighed down by the contempt of the whole people. All their journals dispel it (Ce mepris, tous leurs journaux le suent). How are we to love those who treat us thus? To give so much of esteem and admiration and receive such scorn in return, this demands of us too much humility or too complete an indifference. Les Contemporains, IV., 299. The so-called jingo feeling in America — which seems, to the pre
Robinson Crusoe (search for this): chapter 16
omestic architecture, the furniture, the internal decorations of houses, are almost all brought from the continent of Europe, not from England; while we go mainly to France for pictures and to Germany for science, very much as if England did not exist. In all this there is properly no element of liking or disliking, but merely the natural impulse of a newer nation to go where there are the best models, and to get the most valuable things. It is an instinct as natural as that which led Robinson Crusoe to visit and revisit the wrecked vessel: he was not paying a compliment to the vessel; he simply desired the things on board. But it is a curious fact that men's likings are usually simpler and less perplexing than their dislikings; and this is true of our national instincts. It is plain enough why we should like or imitate England; but whence comes this vague and widely spread dislike of her? Why is it that our naval officers tell us that they fraternize more cordially in foreign p
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