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Froudacity; West Indian Fables

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... actually be competitors, then, and only then, will it be time to accept the outlook as serious. But when, as in the present case, he invokes the whole prestige of the Anglo-Saxon race in favour of the untenable pretensions of a few blasds of that race, and that to the social and political detriment of tens of thousands of black fellow-subjects, it is high time that the common sense of civilization should laugh him out of court. The us who are flourishing, or pining, as the case may be, in the British West Indies --by favour of the Colonial Office on the former hypothesis, or, on the second, through the misdirection of their own faculties--do not, and, in the very nature of things, cannot in any race take the lead of any set of men endowed with virile attributes, the conditions of the contest being on all sides identical. Pass we onward to extract and comment on other passages in this very engaging section of Mr. Froude's book. On the same page (125) he says: -- "The African Blacks have been free enough tor thousands, perhaps for ten thousands of years, and it has been the absence of restraint which has prevented them from becoming civilized." All this, perhaps, is quite true, and, in the absence of positive evidence to the contrary of our author's dogmatic assertions, we save time by allowing him all the benefit he can derive from whatever weight they might carry. "Generation has followed generation, and the children are as like their fathers as the successive generations of apes." To this we can have nothing to object; especially in view of what the writer goes on to say, and that on his own side of the hedge-- somewhat qualified though his admission may be: --" The whites, it is likely enough, succeeded one another with the same...
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