Papers and Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Meeting 1901 Volume 1-4

Papers and Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Meeting 1901 Volume 1-4

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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: ... so recently from Africa that they were totally unprepared for their new privileges and responsibilities. They were a bad leaven mingled with the more Americanized negroes. The present writer has heard an eye-witness But, in any case, the task of civilizing the population drawn from Africa was a truly gigantic undertaking. Both destructive and constructive work was required. It was necessary to uproot and destroy polygamy, bloody religious rites, and the like, but it was vital that these things should be replaced by monogamy, Christianity, and other civilized institutions. Opposed to the accomplishment of this profound change were two forms of resistance, viz., physical heredity and post-natal or social heredity. By the latter is meant the transmission of ideas and habits from parent to child by example and teaching. The overlapping of generations secures the continuity of this external inheritance, and while it may be modified far more easily than physical heredity, its resistance to change is very great. 1 " The suppression of the slave-trade," New York, 1896, p. 199, et seq. 1 1bia'., p. 165. 1 " The American slave-trade," by John R. Spear, New York, 1900. Between the inner constitution, transmitted physically, and the outer habits of life, transmitted socially, there arises during a thousand generations of undisturbed existence a delicate adjustment. When, therefore, the attempt is made to replace one stream of social heredity by another infinitely more exacting, the inner nature controlled by physical heredity cannot respond successfully to the new demands. This sudden readjustment, however, the African on our soil has been called upon to make, at first under compulsion, then by pursuasion and assistance. Yet...show more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 544g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236870212
  • 9781236870216