Congressional Edition Volume 4299

Congressional Edition Volume 4299

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...was so much less predominant in general after the peace of 1783 than the French, which then predominated for a long time, is easily explained by historical events. Lafayette and the French had taken j nst as active a part in the foundation of the republic as the 29,16G Hessian, Brunswick, and other German soldiers in opposition to it. The fact was not generally known that these tools of England were only the victims of degenerate petty despots who were forced to turn their arms against the Americans and even occasionally went over to their side. Readers are used in the schools of the present day which record only the fact that at that time Germau princes sold their soldiers in America in order to crush rising liberty there. Not one word, on the other hand, is mentioned concerning Frederick the Great"s friendly attitude toward the young republic or the part which German-Americans have a right to claim in the patriotic events. For the sake of historical truth the fact should not bo passed over in silence that American generals included men like the inspector-general of the Army, Baron von Steuben, General De Kalb. and General Nicholas Herkimer, the victor of Oriskany; moreover, Germans like Rev. Peter G. Muhlenberg, who formed an entirely German regiment, were found on the American side. George Bancroft and all other great American historians ronder full justice to the Germans, but the public at large are as ignorant of the conditions of the case as. presumably, even the educated are of Benjamin Franklin's attitude to the German nationality, as explained above. Another reason why German influence declined during the last quarter of the 18th and during the first quarter of the 19th century was the decrease of the number of more

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  • Paperback | 788 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 40mm | 1,379g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236765060
  • 9781236765062