The Life of Louis Kossuth, Governor of Hungary: Including Notices of the Men and Scenes of the Hungarian Revolution; to Which Is Added an Appendix Containing His Principal Speeches, &C

The Life of Louis Kossuth, Governor of Hungary: Including Notices of the Men and Scenes of the Hungarian Revolution; to Which Is Added an Appendix Containing His Principal Speeches, &C

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The Life of Louis Kossuth, Governor of Hungary: Including Notices of the Men and Scenes of the Hungarian Revolution; to Which Is Added an Appendix Containing His Principal Speeches, &C

The Life of Louis Kossuth, Governor of Hungary: Including Notices of the Men and Scenes of the Hungarian Revolution; to Which Is Added an Appendix Containing His Principal Speeches, &C

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Great men, it not made, are at least proved by great occasions. But for the latter, we might possess but could not certainly recognize and assuredly distinguish the former. How many a "mute, inglorious Miltion" has gone down to the grave unheard of beyond the narrow area of his village or neighborhood, for want of those opportunities which proclaim the Patriot and Hero, we may not know; but we may judge approximately from the fact that a spirit of popular resistance to tyrannay has very rarely been crushed for want of a fit and competent leader of the aroused, determined masses. The names of Leonidas, of Arminius, of Tell, Washington, Kosciusko, Hofer, Palafox and hundreds of others are inseparably blended with the great struggles whereof they were severally the chiefs, and they serve as a cheering assurance to oppressed nations throughout all time that the arms of a stout-hearted and despot-hating people, when nerved by bold and virtuous hearts to strike for Liberty, will never be paralyzed by the want of a competent head to direct their efforts.

Of the many popular leaders who were upheaved by the great convulsions of 1848 into the full sunlight of European celebrity and American popular regard, the world has already definitively assigned the first rank to LOUIS KOSSUTH, Advocate, Deputy, Finance Minister, and finally Governor of Hungary. Though not originally of the dominant or Magyar race, he became of that proud, gallant and able race the fervently loved and thoroughly trusted leader and champion. Though by birth and education of the middle class, he was freely, unanimously chosen the chief of a Constitutional State, wherein aristocracy had held almost boundless sway for centuries, and wherein the aristocratic element, though no longer fortified by exclusive privileges under the law, was still essentially formidable. In a tremendous struggle which rocked ancient monarchies to their foundations, which was irradiated by genius, daring, heroism, and the noblest spirit of self-sacrifice . . .

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