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"'Tis Sixty Years Since" Address of Charles Francis Adams; Founders' Day, January 16, 1913   By: (1835-1915)

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In "'Tis Sixty Years Since," Charles Francis Adams delves into a remarkable piece of history, recounting the events leading up to the Founders' Day of January 16, 1913. With his eloquent prose and insightful analysis, Adams brilliantly delivers a riveting address that sparks intrigue and deep reflection in the reader.

Adams masterfully sets the stage by transporting us back sixty years, shedding light on the important milestones and challenges that shaped the nation. Through his words, the reader is transported to a time when the ideals of liberty and democracy were being fiercely debated, setting the foundation for the birth of a new nation.

The author's meticulous research is evident in his comprehensive account of historical events. His attention to detail and ability to seamlessly weave together various threads of history make this address a treasure trove for avid history enthusiasts. As he examines the struggles and triumphs of the Founding Fathers, Adams shows a deep reverence for their vision and sacrifices.

What sets this address apart is Adams' ability to draw striking parallels between the past and the present. Through his analysis, he underscores the importance of reflecting on history and the lessons it can teach us. He eloquently reminds us of the fragility of democracy and the need to actively engage in its preservation.

The author's unwavering commitment to truth and his conviction in the strength of the American spirit shine through every word. His address is not simply a historical account but an impassioned call to action. Adams eloquently highlights the challenges faced by the founders and encourages the readers to rise above adversity.

While the address is thought-provoking and meticulously crafted, it could benefit from a more structured approach. At times, the narrative veers off into tangents, which can make it challenging to follow. However, Adams' powerful arguments and captivating storytelling compensate for these occasional digressions.

"'Tis Sixty Years Since" is not only a valuable historical document but also an urgent reminder of our collective responsibility to safeguard the principles upon which our nation was built. Charles Francis Adams' address serves as a beacon, illumining the path forward and igniting a sense of duty within each reader.

Overall, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of American history and its relevance in today's world. Adams' words resonate with timeless wisdom, leaving the reader inspired, informed, and ready to embrace the challenges of the present, utilizing the lessons of the past.

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In the single hour self allotted for my part in this occasion there is much ground to cover, the time is short, and I have far to go. Did I now, therefore, submit all I had proposed to say when I accepted your invitation, there would remain no space for preliminaries. Yet something of that character is in place. I will try to make it brief.[1]

As the legend or text of what I have in mind to submit, I have given the words "'Tis Sixty Years Since." As some here doubtless recall, this is the second or subordinate title of Walter Scott's first novel, "Waverley," which brought him fame. Given to the world in 1814, hard on a century ago, "Waverley" told of the last Stuart effort to recover the crown of Great Britain, that of "The '45." It so chances that Scott's period of retrospect is also just now most appropriate in my case, inasmuch as I entered Harvard as a student in the year 1853 "sixty years since!" It may fairly be asserted that school life ends, and what may in contradistinction thereto be termed thinking and acting life begins, the day the young man passes the threshold of the institution of more advanced education. For him, life's responsibilities then begin... Continue reading book >>

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