Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Civil War as seen by The Illustrated London News

We Englishmen may still be permitted to hope that the work of George Washington will not be destroyed—that the double agency which is being brought to bear—the hydraulic press of political hate, and the steam-tug of commercial aspiration... may not be potent enough to tear the Republic in twain.

Farsighted American statesmen have left on record their conviction that such a crisis would one day arrive, but the existing race will show themselves less worthy of their noble predecessors than they would willingly be esteemed if they are unequal to the task of averting the disaster against which they had been warned.
- The Illustrated London News, vol. 38, no. 1068 (January 5, 1861) p. 6.

This is a great and fascinating resource. Click to access...

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