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Early American Orations, 1760-1824 [Tapa blanda]

Louie Regina Heller

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17 de diciembre de 2009
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1902 Original Publisher: The Macmillan Company Subjects: Speeches, addresses, etc., American United States Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: EARLY AMERICAN ORATIONS 1760-1824 JAMES OTIS 1725-1783 James Otis was one of the characteristically free and fearless sons of the state of Massachusetts. Neither his years at Harvard nor his legal studies in the period succeeding his graduation could have given him the strength of purpose and sincerity of principle which seem to have been so marked. These, they may indeed have fostered ; but they could not create them, any more than sunshine and rain can create the life-principle in the seed whose growth they make possible. The official position which the young lawyer held (that of Advocate-General of the Crown) was, of course, one hostile to colonial interests. When the time came to choose between it and those interests, Otis, who had never before bestirred himself vigorously in politics, resigned his office on the ground that he would not prostitute his principles in support of an act of tyranny. It was a bold step -- one taken with a clear comprehension of all it involved ; but he took it with the assurance that characterized the men of that time. He defended the people against the Crown and the ministry; he upheld their rights in language clear, trenchant, and dignified, and withal so infused with patriotic zeal that John Adams spoke of him as a " flame of fire." An accident clouded his keen intellect in later years, so that his country lost much that he might havegiven her; but for what he achieved in the cause of freedom we count James Otis among our glorious dead. The subjoined fragment of ...

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