The Power of Ideals in American History

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V
DEMOCRACY -- A VISION

Whereas in discussing other ideals, it has seemed necessary to prove their existence and force, in the present case both may be taken for granted. Democracy, as a powerful ideal, is acknowledged by all to have been a steady force in our history for over a hundred years, and is still a term of national inspiration. Mr. Justice Hughes, in his lectures on the Dodge Foundation in 1909, said:

"His study of history and of the institutions of his country has been to little purpose if the college man has not caught the vision of Democracy and has not been joined by the troth of heart and conscience to the great human brotherhood which is working out its destiny in this land of opportunity."

The power of this ideal, I therefore take for granted. I ask your attention rather to the meaning of Democracy as an American vision, seeking to note the changing aspects of that vision, and the conditions of such change.

The sources of the theory of democracy,-- its origins, are to be found in religious faiths, and in America church organization paved the way for

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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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