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Albert Bushnell Hart Quotes

As often happens during a war, some parts of the country prospered, notwithstanding the constant loss.

Besides paid white laborers, there was everywhere a class of white servants bound without wages for a term of years, and a more miserable class of Negro slaves.

Each colony became accustomed to planting new settlements and to claiming new boundaries.

England and France were rivals, not only on the continent, but in the West Indies, in India, and in Europe.

Everywhere among the English-speaking race criminal justice was rude, and punishments were barbarous; but the tendency was to do away with special privileges and legal exemptions.

Few characters in history are indispensable.

From William of Orange to William Pitt the younger there was but one man without whom English history must have taken a different turn, and that was William Pitt the elder.

In 1763 the English were the most powerful nation in the world.

In any event, colonization and the grant of lands were provincial matters.

In appearance the labor system of all the colonies was the same.

In comparison with other men of their time, the Americans were distinguished by the possession of new political and social ideas, which were destined to be the foundation of the American commonwealth.

In each colony in 1750 were to be found two sets of governing organizations, - the local and the general.

In government as well as in trade a new era came to the colonies in 1763.

In some of the middle colonies the towns and counties were both active and had a relation with each other which was the forerunner of the present system of local government in the Western States.

Many attempts had been made by colonial legislatures to cut off or to tax the importation of slaves.

More emphasis was thus thrown upon the local governments than in England.

On March 10, 1764, preliminary resolutions passed the House of Commons looking towards the Stamp Act.

One of the strongest and most persistent elements in national development has been that inheritance of political traditions and usages which the new settlers brought with them.

The colonies had little occasion to feel or to resent direct royal prerogative.

The growth of constitutional government, as we now understand it, was promoted by the establishment of two different sets of machinery for making laws and carrying on government.