By James Fenimore Cooper

Each chronicle of manners has a undeniable worth. while customs are hooked up with rules, of their beginning, improvement, or finish, such files have a double significance; and the reason is, we predict we see the sort of connection among the evidence and incidents of the Littlepage Manuscripts, and sure vital theories of our personal time, that we provide the previous to the realm. it really is probably a fault of your professed historian, to refer an excessive amount of to philosophical firms, and too little to people who are humbler. the rules of significant occasions, are usually remotely laid in very capricious and uncalculated passions, reasons, or impulses. likelihood has often as a lot to do with the fortunes of states, as with these of people; or, if there be calculations attached with them in any respect, they're the calculations of an influence more desirable to any that exists in guy.

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Are they proud of paying taxes that are converted into bullets and missiles that penetrate the bodies and homes of the downtrodden Palestinian Muslims? 69 Chapter 2 Of A r ms a n d M e n Why is contempt for cowardice so stubborn and powerful that it could figure so forcefully and diversely in American history? At first glance, fleeing from danger even when duty dictates that you should not seems like a good survival strategy. ” “The youth felt triumphant at this exhibition,” Crane writes. “There was the law, he said.

57 Johnson thought that had it been braver in the run-­up to both world wars, the United States could have avoided getting involved in either. 58 Around this time Johnson was having a recurring dream that offers a glimpse of a primal scene, the tribe moving against the individual who has failed it out of fear: “Every night when I fell asleep I would see myself tied to the ground in the middle of a long open space. In the distance, I could hear the voices of thousands of people. They were all shouting at me and running toward me: ‘Coward!

49 Roosevelt was not alone in accusing advocates of neutrality or pacifism of cowardice. ” Eventually, though, he did ask the Senate to declare war, and the shame of cowardice figured (along with massive conscription) in efforts to drum up troops. A 1917 recruiting poster depicted a man in a suit with bow tie standing inside, one hand grasping his lapel, the other in his pants pocket. He looks distractedly outside, where a giant flag billows and doughboys march shouldering guns. ”51 But there were limits to the possibilities for valor, or avoiding disgrace, in commerce.

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