The Times on the American War; A Historical Study

The Times on the American War; A Historical Study

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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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...was called "stifi'necked" and "stubborn," and that, after all, it only possessed an amount of consistency and unity " which really resembled heroism." Still I thought it scarcely possible that the New York correspondent should have permitted himself such a slip, and on looking more closely, I found that the letter came from the "special correspondent" above mentioned. This anecdote will illustrate the general tendency of these remarkable letters. They are one long effort, lasting for three years, to shut his own eyes and the eyes of his countrymen to the existence of any heroic qualities in the people amongst whom he lived. It must have been an irksome task for a generous mind, and it is nothing short of sickening for any man of common feeling to read as a collected whole. We might take it as an agreeable bitter at intervals, but any one who follows my example in plodding through column after column of ceaseless abuse of a great nation will rise with a sense of weariness and disgust. Every patriotic action is explained to have really originated in corruption or selfishness. Scandal after scandal is raked together, and carefully exhibited as an average specimen of American affairs. If you put any faith in the writer, the whole political and social machinery is rotten at the core and is worked by the most degraded motives; America is peopled by an unprincipled mob, sprinkled with charlatans and hypocrites, and governed by pettifogging attorneys. They hire other men to fight because they have no loyalty, and abandon their liberty because they have no courage. We all know the process by which such a picture may be drawn of any people. If you test the waters of the purest stream, you may...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236957733
  • 9781236957733