History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 to the Mckinley-Bryan Campaign of 1896 - Vol. 8

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CHAPTER XIV

President Harrison read his inaugural address [ March 4, 1889] to thousands of people who stood in the driving rain eager to hear the pronouncement of him who signalized the return of the Republican party to power. Like'all his public utterances it was excellent, containing a suggestive outline of the various matters that would have his own and his party's attention. Impressed with the day being the centenary of the establishment of the Federal government, he drew a contrast between the now "thirty-eight populous and prosperous States" and the thirteen States of Washington's first inauguration, "weak in everything except courage and the love of liberty." He recognized however that we had "not attained an ideal condition" for "not all of our people are happy and prosperous. But on the whole, the opportunities offered to the individual to secure the comforts of life are better than are found elsewhere and largely better than they were here 100 years ago." For, "The masses of our people are better fed, clothed and housed than their fathers were." Even the spread-eagle portion of the Address may be read without throwing a "chill over our political imagination."1 "No other people," he declared, "have a government more worthy of their respect and love, or

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John Morley, Compromise, 14.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • History of the United States from Hayes to Mckinley 1
  • Chapter II 52
  • Chapter III 88
  • Chapter IV 109
  • Chapter V 128
  • Chapter VI 139
  • Chapter VII 161
  • Chapter VIII 180
  • Chapter IX 197
  • Chapter X 215
  • Chapter XI 240
  • Chapter XII 255
  • Chapter XIII 305
  • Chapter XIV 328
  • Chapter XV 341
  • Chapter XVI 365
  • Chapter XVII 380
  • Chapter XVIII 394
  • Chapter XIX 418
  • Chapter XX 443
  • Index 463
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