Four American Party Leaders: Henry Ward Beecher Foundation Lectures, Delivered at Amherst College by Charles Edward Merriam ...

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Macmillan, 1926 - 104 pages

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Page 76 - As proof of our fidelity to the people, we hereby declare ourselves opposed to the nomination of any candidate for president who is the representative of or under obligation to J. Pierpont Morgan, Thomas F. Ryan, August Belmont, or any other member of the privilege-hunting and favor-seeking class.
Page 16 - Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die, and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life. Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure.
Page 18 - But we think the Dred Scott decision is erroneous. We know the court that made it, has often overruled its own decisions, and we shall do what we can to have it overrule this. We offer no resistance to it.
Page 77 - Wa say to you that you have made the definition of a business man too limited in its application. The man who Is employed for wages is as much a business man as his employer...
Page xii - ... 3. Facility in group combination and compromise — political diplomacy in ideas, policies and spoils. 4. Facility in personal contacts with widely varying types of men. 5. Facility in dramatic expression of the sentiment or interest of large groups of voters, usually with voice or pen — fusing a logical formula, an economic interest and a social habit or predisposition in a personality. 6. Courage not unlike that of the military commander whose best laid plans require a dash of luck for their...
Page 77 - The man who is employed for wages is as much a business man as his employer, the attorney in a country town is as much a business man as the corporation counsel in a great metropolis; the merchant at the cross-roads store is as much a business man as the merchant of New York; the farmer who goes forth in the morning and toils all day— who begins in the spring and toils all summer — and who by the application...
Page 31 - People always used to say of me that I was an astonishingly good politician and divined what the people were going to think. This really was not an accurate way of stating the case. I did not 'divine...
Page 29 - I have pretty nearly finished Benton, mainly evolving him from my inner consciousness; but when he leaves the Senate in 1850 I have nothing whatever to go by; and, being by nature both a timid, and, on occasions, by choice a truthful, man, I would prefer to have some foundation of fact, no matter how slender, on which to build the airy and arabesque superstructure of my fancy — especially as I am writing a history.
Page 68 - ... vanity and mouthing resounding rottenness was not the real leader of that league of hell. He was only a puppet in the bloodimbued hands of Altgeld, the anarchist, and Debs, the revolutionist, and other desperadoes of that stripe. But he was a willing puppet, Bryan was, willing and eager. Not one of his masters was more apt than he at lies and forgeries and blasphemies, and all the nameless iniquities of that campaign against the ten commandments.
Page 77 - York ; the farmer who goes forth in the morning and toils all day — who begins in the spring and toils all summer — and who by the application of brain and muscle to the natural resources of the country creates wealth, is as much a business man as the man who goes upon the board of trade and bets on the price of grain...

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