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The Eve of the Revolution, Chapter II: The Burden of Empire

Nothing of note in Parliament, except one slight day on the American taxes.–Horace Walpole. There were plenty of men in England, any time before 1763, who found that an excellent arrangement which permitted them to hold office in the colonies while continuing to reside in London. They were thereby enabled to make debts, and sometimes…

Democracy in America I: Chapter XVIII, part V

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Future Condition Of Three Races In The United States Part V In the North, as I have already remarked, a twofold migration ensues upon the abolition of slavery, or even precedes that event when circumstances have rendered it probable; the slaves quit the country to be transported southwards; and the whites of the Northern States,…

Democracy in America I: Chapter XVIII, part IV

Future Condition Of Three Races In The United States Part IV But this truth was most satisfactorily demonstrated when civilization reached the banks of the Ohio. The stream which the Indians had distinguished by the name of Ohio, or Beautiful River, waters one of the most magnificent valleys that has ever been made the abode…

Democracy in America I: Chapter XVIII, part III

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Future Condition Of Three Races In The United States Part III In 1830 the State of Mississippi assimilated the Choctaws and Chickasaws to the white population, and declared that any of them that should take the title of chief would be punished by a fine of $1,000 and a year’s imprisonment. When these laws were…

Democracy in America I: Chapter XVIII, part I

Future Condition Of Three Races In The United States Part I The Present And Probable Future Condition Of The Three Races Which Inhabit The Territory Of The United States The principal part of the task which I had imposed upon myself is now performed. I have shown, as far as I was able, the laws…