Men and Measures of Half a Century: Sketches and Comments

Men and Measures of Half a Century: Sketches and Comments

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Men and Measures of Half a Century: Sketches and Comments

Men and Measures of Half a Century: Sketches and Comments

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In the following pages, which, when I began to write, were intended only for my family and personal friends, I have spoken of men and things as they came to mind, without regard to order or consecutiveness. Many of the men were known only in limited circles, but they were well known there, and the impressions which they made upon me have not been effaced nor weakened by intervening years. Of some prominent persons I have spoken with great freedom, but neither as eulogist nor critic. Their historic deeds form important chapters in the national history, and what I have said about them, if it is not now, will, I think, ere long, be in accord with the sentiment of a large majority of their countrymen.

Our civil war was the result of the differences between the free and the slave-holding States in their social and civil institutions. Long before the war it had become apparent to thoughtful men in all parts of the country that these differences were irreconcilable; that the national unity could not be preserved unless slavery were nationalized or uprooted. That it could not be nationalized was certain; that it could not be uprooted by any constitutional exercise of Federal power was . . .

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