The South Atlantic Quarterly Volume . 3

The South Atlantic Quarterly Volume . 3

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...of all the people. I think the life of the well-to-do in the best estate of the old South was the sweetest, though I doubt if it was the fullest and strongest, life that has been lived on this continent. But for the less fortunate there was almost as small opportunity as there was for the poor in ancient Athens or under the feudal system of the Middle Ages. From the earliest days of our history down till now there has been a gross neglect of the lower classes of the whites. There has been a failure to develop much of the talent that has lain latent through all these generations. This has been the most ruinous waste in our civilization, for it has been a waste of human life. And this neglect of the masses has been an economic waste. The stupendous cost of ignorance was long ago pointed out by Gen. Francis Marion, the revolutionary hero of South Carolina. He said if the masses of the people of South Carolina had been enlightened they would have been united, and if they had been united the British after the drubbing they got at Fort Moultrie, in 1776, would as soon have attacked the devil as have attacked Carolina again. But the British heard of the large number who through ignorance were disaffected to the cause of liberty and they were therefore led to protract the war. Marion then goes on to show that, owing to the foothold the British gained in South Carolina, the war was protracted two years; and makes a curious estimate of the loss to South Carolina in those two years, at $15,000,000. 'As a proof," he continues, "that such hellish tragedies would never have been acted, had our State been enlightened, only let us look at the people of New England: Religion had taught them that God created men to be happy; that to be happy, they must have...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681827
  • 9781236681829