De la Démocratie en Amérique, Vol. 3 by Alexis de Tocqueville

Author: Alexis de Tocqueville
Published: 1848
Language: French
Wordcount: 63,194 / 221 pg
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ute;ricains, et, ce que je veux surtout remarquer, il ne règne point seulement comme une philosophie qu’on adopte après examen, mais comme une religion qu’on croit sans la discuter.

Aux États-Unis, les sectes chrétiennes varient à l’infini et se modifient sans cesse; mais le christianisme lui-même est un fait établi et irrésistible qu’on n’entreprend point d’attaquer ni de défendre.

Les Américains, ayant admis sans examen les principaux dogmes de la religion chrétienne, sont obligés de recevoir de la même manière un grand nombre de vérités morales qui en découlent et qui y tiennent. Cela resserre dans des limites étroites l’action de l’analyse individuelle, et lui soustrait plusieurs des plus importantes opinions humaines.

L’autre circonstance dont j’ai parlé est celle-ci:

Les Américains ont un état social et une constitution démocr

Story of the Session of the California Legislature of 1909 by Franklin Hichborn

Author: Franklin Hichborn
Language: English
Wordcount: 89,134 / 282 pg
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ce, are not touched upon. The histories of those selected for consideration show the machine, or if you like, the system, at its work of passing undesirable measures, and of blocking the passage of good measures. If the Story of the Session of the California Legislature of 1909 assist the citizens of California to understand how this is done; if it give them that knowledge of the weakness, the strength, the purposes, and the affiliations of the Senators and Assemblymen who sat in the Legislature of 1909, a knowledge of which the machine managers have had heretofore a monopoly; if it point the way for a new method of publicity to crush corruption and to promote reform – a way which others better prepared for the work than I, may, in California and even in other States, follow – the labor of preparing this volume for the press will have been justified.

Franklin Hichborn.

Santa Clara, Cal., July 4, 1909.


Chapter I.


Breaking Ground.

Although the Reform Element

The Struggle between President Johnson and Congress over Reconstruction by Charles Ernest Chadsey

An in-depth look at the crisis. Six chapters of an interesting part of the history of the United States.

Author: Charles Ernest Chadsey
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 43,625 / 144 pg
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years of the war, after hope of success had begun to die out, some of the Southern States looked very favorably upon the plan; but nothing approximating such a convention resulted.[16]

4. At the beginning of his term of office, President Lincoln held the then prevailing belief in the supremacy of the States in all matters not directly under federal control, and as a matter of course believed that at the cessation of hostilities each State should immediately resume its old relations to the government, its local matters untouched by the central administration.[17] But the ability of Lincoln to modify his own beliefs on any subject as his experience widened was never better manifested than on this very question, and had he lived to control the administration through the period of reconstruction, it is not unreasonable to suppose that his attitude would have undergone still greater change. As the magnitude of the struggle became more apparent, he began to deliberate upon the advisability of striking at the

The Sturdy Oak by Anonymous

“The Sturdy Oak” is propaganda pure and simple, dedicated to the cause of suffrage. Its writers have received no recompense ; its publishers expect no profits; the entire proceeds from its sale are to be devoted to the achievement of votes for women. The prospect of getting fourteen leading authors for the price of one should entice the public into making the propaganda profitable from a pecuniary point of view. Assuming that only the unintelligent are left in the ranks of the unbelievers, it may prove to be popular also from the point of view of morale.

Author: Anonymous
Co-authors: Alice Duer Miller, Ethel Watts Mumford, Samuel Merwin, Harry Leon Wilson, Fannie Hurst, Kathleen Norris, Leroy Scott, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 59,170 / 180 pg
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that she worked when she didn’t have to (people talked about this; even to him!) and flatly refused to give her brother money for soda.

As if a little soda ever hurt anybody. She took it herself, often enough. Within five minutes he had laid the matter before her–up in that solemn office, where they made you feel so uncomfortable. She had said: “Pudge Sheridan, you’re killing yourself! Not one cent more for wrecking your stomach!”

She had called him “Pudge.” For months he had been reminding her that his name was Percival. And he wasn’t wrecking his stomach. That was silly talk. He had eaten but two nut sundaes and a chocolate frappé since luncheon. It wasn’t soda and candy that made him so fat. Some folks just were fat, and some folks were thin. That was all there was to it!

Pudge himself would have a private income when he was twenty-one. Six years off … and Billy Simmons in his white apron, was waiting now, on the other side of the marble counter, for his order–and g

President Wilson’s Addresses by Woodrow Wilson

These addresses of President Woodrow Wilson represent only the most recent phase of his intellectual activity. They are almost entirely concerned with political affairs, and more specifically with defining Americanism. It will not be forgotten, however, that the life of Mr. Wilson as President of the United States is but a short period compared with the whole of his public career as professor of jurisprudence, history, and politics, as President of Princeton University, as Governor of New Jersey, as an orator, and as a writer of many books.

Edited by George McLean Harper.

Author: Woodrow Wilson
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 97,200 / 279 pg
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Hopkins University was the center of this impulse in America; at least it was thought to be, though the source was almost wholly German. If he had had to be a dry-as-dust in order to be a writer on politics and history, Mr. Wilson would have preferred to turn his attention to biography and literary criticism. But he promptly resolved to disregard the warnings of pedants and to be a man of letters though a professor of history and politics. I well remember the irritation, sometimes amused and sometimes angry, with which he used to speak of those who were persuaded that scholarship was in some way contaminated by the touch of imagination or philosophy. He at least would run the risk. And so he set himself to work cultivating the graces of style no less assiduously than the exactness of science. There is a distinct filiation in his diction, by which, from Stevenson to Lamb and from Lamb to Sir Thomas Browne, one can trace it back to the quaint old prose writers of the seventeenth century. I remember hi

The Armies of Labor by Samuel P. Orth

Author: Samuel P. Orth
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 51,528 / 164 pg
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well disciplined that they dominated every craft and controlled every detail in every trade. The relation of master to journeyman and apprentice, the wages, hours, quantity, and quality of the output, were all minutely regulated. Merchant guilds, similarly constituted, also prospered. The magnificent guild halls that remain in our day are monuments of the power and splendor of these organizations that made the towns of the later Middle Ages flourishing centers of trade, of handicrafts, and of art. As towns developed, they dealt the final blow to an agricultural system based on feudalism; they became cities of refuge for the runaway serfs, and their charters, insuring political and economic freedom, gave them superior advantages for trading.

The guild system of manufacture was gradually replaced by the domestic system. The workman’s cottage, standing in its garden, housed the loom and the spinning wheel, and the entire family was engaged in labor at home. But the workman, thus apparently independent, w

De la Démocratie en Amérique, Vol. 2 by Alexis de Tocqueville

Author: Alexis de Tocqueville
Published: 1848
Language: French
Wordcount: 120,772 / 415 pg
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ute;rieusement de semblables misères, ou lui envier le bonheur de pouvoir s’en occuper.

Mais lorsqu’on vient à étudier avec soin les instincts secrets qui, en Amérique, gouvernent les factions, on découvre aisément que la plupart d’entre elles se rattachent plus ou moins à l’un ou à l’autre des deux grands partis qui divisent les hommes, depuis qu’il y a des sociétés libres. À mesure qu’on pénètre plus profondément dans la pensée intime de ces partis, on s’aperçoit que les uns travaillent à resserrer l’usage de la puissance publique, les autres à l’étendre.

Je ne dis point que les partis américains aient toujours pour but ostensible ni même pour but caché de faire prévaloir l’aristocratie ou la démocratie dans le pays; je dis que les passions aristocratiques ou démocratiques se retrouvent aisément au fond de tous les

State of the Union Addresses by Anonymous

Author: Anonymous
Published: 2002
Language: English
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rotection to those parts of the Union, and, if necessary, to punish aggressors.

The interests of the United States require that our intercourse with other nations should be facilitated by such provisions as will enable me to fulfill my duty in that respect in the manner which circumstances may render most conducive to the public good, and to this end that the compensation to be made to the persons who may be employed should, according to the nature of their appointments, be defined by law, and a competent fund designated for defraying the expenses incident to the conduct of foreign affairs.

Various considerations also render it expedient that the terms on which foreigners may be admitted to the rights of citizens should be speedily ascertained by a uniform rule of naturalization.

Uniformity in the currency, weights, and measures of the United States is an object of great importance, and will, I am persuaded, be duly attended to.

The advancement of agriculture, commerce, and manufac