Sheridan's Veterans Volume 2

Sheridan's Veterans Volume 2

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... find a fitting prototype. The war between the northern and southern sections of this country was one of the great conflicts of history. It was a conflict of ideas and institutions. We are far enough removed from the heat and passion of the hour to calmly and in a measure dispassionately discuss the causes which brought about the inevitable appeal to arms. I say inevitable. Those who believe that the war might have been averted by arbitrament, compromises and peace measures by Congress or convention, have not, as it seems to me, duly considered the first beginnings--the far-off springs of action--the rivulets which make the mighty river. The political and moral causes and influences are various, remote in time and distance. Tracing one rivulet to its fountain head, we are led back to that day when Henry VIII ordered that a Bible should be placed in every parish church in England, that the common people might read it in the English tongue. From reading it came a higher comprehension of the dignity and Worth of man--that every human being had natural and inalienable rights which the king was bound to respect. Then came a movement for a new religion--for a reform in morals--a protest against bull and cock fighting on Sunday. Men who turned from such sports were derisively called puritans by the rollicking nobility who found no pleasure in attending church or hearing a sermon. They loved law and order. It was the beginning of government by the people. They were poor. They were accustomed to labor. They regarded it as not only a necessity, but a duty, a privilege, a blessing. In town meeting they discussed all questions affecting the welfare of the community--thus establishing town government, the government of the whole people. Until that hour more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236638808
  • 9781236638809