The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma

The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma

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The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma

The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma

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I am trying, throughout this Introduction, to present the minds of these two powerful and original men, the grandfather and the grandson, in their true relation, as they stood, often unconsciously, first toward each other, and secondly toward that movement of democratic society, during the past century, which imposed on them the task of attempting to fathom the science and meaning of history. Plainly my function would be impossible were I not to expose in the first place, something of the constraining antecedents of both.

John Quincy Adams appears to me to be the most interesting and suggestive personage of the early nineteenth century, as my brother Henry is, in his philosophy, certainly one of the most so of the present century; but it is impossible to understand the elder, as it is the younger, man unless we begin by appreciating the education and the circumstances which made them what they were. George Washington was the model and the master of Adams, and George Washing-

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