A Heritage of Freedom; Or, the Political Ideals of the English-Speaking Peoples

A Heritage of Freedom; Or, the Political Ideals of the English-Speaking Peoples

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...rulers in the terms of big guns. Jefferson was not afraid of war with Great Britain, but he was unwilling to fight on the side of an autocratic France when he thought he could gain his ends with the British Government by peaceful means. Evidence has now come to light in the London archives to show that the commercial pressure exerted by Jefferson was having its effect and must have obtained results in the reform of British foreign In the struggle with Napoleon, the political existence of Great Britain depended upon her continued control of the sea. She had need of all her manpower; but, in American ports, she lost crew after crew by desertion. American wages were higher, and there were Americans at every wharf ready with inducements to British sailors to desert battleship, merchant-ship, and country. In this matter, Americans felt that they were doing a good service in smiting their traditional foe by crippling her trade and warstrength. Napoleon Bonaparte, with an autocrat's characteristic contempt for scraps of paper, had treacherously seized American ships in European ports; yet this was forgotten or ignored when Great Britain began to insist on the alleged right of search and impressment, in her efforts to regain her sailors. British bungling and high-handed seizures of American seamen followed, together with the famous Orders in Council, which led to the American declaration of war. Even then, Anglo-American peace might have remained unbroken, if, by an Atlantic cable, a later combination of American genius and enterprise and British capital, the news of Great Britain's withdrawal of her Orders in Council could have reached America before the first blows were struck. Napoleon's orders of like character were not withdrawn, and war might...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236576306
  • 9781236576309