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(without typos) from the publisher. 1836. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... CHAPTER IV. HISTORY OF PROPERTY, CONTINUED. 46. Of all people,
it is most incumbent upon those of the United States to understand
the nature and value of property; something of the history of it,
and how far they owe their very liberty to the possession of it.
Persecution drove our ancestors from their native land 5 they
yielded to it in flight, only because they were poor. It is the
poor, and not the rich, that history generally shows to have been
the victims of oppression. People, who are independent, who have
property, have power; they can protect themselves, they have
friends, or can procure them, and arms for defence, and though
perhaps less numerous than their persecutors, they usually are able
to maintain their liberties and possessions. 47. At the period of
the discovery of America, in the year one thousand four hundred and
ninety-two, the great mass of the common people of Europe were
little better than slaves 5 of that which we now call liberty, they
scarcely knew the name. They had no absolute property in the land
as we have seen in a former chapter; besides they were so
wretchedly indigent as to have little property of any kind. Their
political privileges corresponded with this state of their
property; they had no elections, and of course, no votes; officers
from the highest to the lowest were placed over them. Those who
then cultivated the earth were--first, slaves. These slaves were
generally some portion of a conquered nation, not coloured people,
but white, like ourselves. Second, villeins, who were said to be
fixed to the soil, and were transferred with the land. It has been
shown in a former chapter, that large portions of Europe are still
in this condition. Third, there were a small number of freemen who
held property absolutely as their own....
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