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The Moral and Intellectual Diversity of Races With Particular Reference to Their Respective Influence in the Civil and Political History of Mankind   By: (1809-1885)

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DIVERSITY OF RACES

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Transcriber's note: Text transliterated from Greek is enclosed by tilde characters (~transliterated Greek~). Text that was in small capitals has been converted to all upper case. The oe ligature has been removed from words such as Boeotia and foetus. A list of corrections is at the end of this e book.

THE MORAL AND INTELLECTUAL DIVERSITY OF RACES.

With Particular Reference to Their Respective Influence in the Civil and Political History Of Mankind.

From the French of COUNT A. DE GOBINEAU:

With an Analytical Introduction and Copious Historical Notes. By H. Hotz.

To Which Is Added an Appendix Containing a Summary of the Latest Scientific Facts Bearing upon the Question of Unity or Plurality of Species. By J. C. Nott, M. D., of Mobile.

Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1856.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by J. B. Lippincott & Co., in the Office of the Clerk of the District Court of the United States in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

TO THE

STATESMEN OF AMERICA,

THIS WORK,

THE FIRST ON THE RACES OF MEN CONTEMPLATED FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE STATESMAN AND HISTORIAN RATHER THAN THE NATURALIST,

IS

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

BY THE

AMERICAN EDITOR.

EDITOR'S PREFACE.

It has been truly observed that a good book seldom requires, and a bad one never deserves, a long preface. When a foreign book, however, is obtruded on the notice of the public, it is but just that the reasons for so doing should be explained; and, in the present case, this is the more necessary, as the title of the work might lead many to believe that it was intended to re agitate the question of unity or plurality of the human species a question which the majority of readers consider satisfactorily and forever settled by the words of Holy Writ. Such, however, is not the purpose of either the author or the editor. The design of this work is, to contribute toward the knowledge of the leading mental and moral characteristics of the various races of men which have subsisted from the dawn of history to the present era, and to ascertain, if possible, the degree to which they are susceptible of improvement. The annals of the world demonstrate beyond a doubt, that the different branches of the human family, like the individual members of a community, are endowed with capacities, different not only in degree but in kind, and that, in proportion to these endowments, they have contributed, and still contribute to that great march of progress of the human race, which we term civilization. To portray the nature of these endowments, to estimate the influence of each race in the destinies of all, and to point out the effects of mixture of races in the rise and fall of great empires, has been the task to the accomplishment of which, though too extensive for one man, the author has devoted his abilities. The troubles and sufferings of his native country, from sudden political gyrations, led him to speculate upon their causes, which he believes are to be traced to the great variety of incongruous ethnical elements composing the population of France... Continue reading book >>




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