The Race for Wealth; Considered in a Series of Letters, Written to Each Other

The Race for Wealth; Considered in a Series of Letters, Written to Each Other

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...is of less value, than that which we received, and which we promised to return in full. On referring to the past, this dependence on mere enlightenment will be seen in all its weakness. How did it happen that, at no distant day, enlightenment did not prevent the rising of destructive, well-dressed slavery mobs throughout the Union? The main inciting spirit of those mobs was--property. Should another agitation arise on this question (it has risen and is spreading) who can estimate the destruction that must ensue? Were the atrocities at Pittsburg much less than those at Paris? Is it utterly impossible that similar calamities should fall on New York, Philadelphia, or Boston? And should the Fifth Avenue, or Beacon, or Chestnut, or Broad streets be in flames from end to end, what in such cases would be the feelings of the poorer denizens of the foul and crowded tenements down town, or at the North End, or below Lombard? Would they with all their enlightenment, wring their hands in grief, bewailing the losses of their rich neighbors % No, nothing of the kind. Their thoughts, if not their words, would be--"Well, their loss is our gain, we shall now have plenty of work at our own prices, and some chance of better shelter." Nor would such feelings--hard and selfish as they are, yet not altogether unjustifiable--be confined to the poorer dwellers in cities. Throughout the Union there are millions, not unenlightened, living in small, uncomfortable frame or log cabins, with little prospect of securing better homes, even that prospect becoming yearly more gloomy. When the dwellers in such cabins behold the many-pillared mansion of the rich man shining from afar, amidst trim groves and lawns--or see his glittering equipage dashing along, and perhaps scattering...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236672372
  • 9781236672377