The Power of Ideals in American History

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II
ANTI-SLAVERY -- A CRUSADE

It is now generally conceded that while anti- slavery attracted attention and discussion previous to 1860, it had no such hold on the people as to preclude other interests, and that its influence in bringing on the war has been overestimated. Immediately after the Civil War, indeed, popular retrospect pictured the North as long in the grip of anti- slavery sentiment, and men were prone to think of themselves as animated in 1850 by the same ideals they later held in 1865. Modern historians have corrected this error, but today the correction has itself assumed the proportions of an error. Instead of a just estimate of the real influence of the anti- slavery movement, we have now a tendency to deny both its actual extent, and its force as an ideal. Recently, at the American Historical Association in Boston, 1912, one of the speakers affirmed his belief that careful investigation of church history between 1840 and 1860 would show that the general sentiment of church members and church organizations in the North was definitely inimical to the anti-slavery movement, thus denying its force as an ideal in religious bodies. An able student of

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • I - Nationality -- a Faith 1
  • I - Nationality -- a Faith 3
  • II - Anti-Slavery -- a Crusade 31
  • II - Anti-Slavery -- a Crusade 33
  • III- Manifest Destiny -- an Emotion 63
  • III- Manifest Destiny -- an Emotion 65
  • IV - Religion -- a Service 95
  • IV - Religion -- a Service 97
  • V - Democracy -- a Vision 125
  • V - Democracy -- a Vision 127
  • Index 153
  • Index 155
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