The social structure of European society was based on the class system. This is particularly true during the middle ages when you had rulers and other upper-class individuals who held titles to distinguish themselves from the rest of the population.
- Written by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
- Parent Category: Society and Culture
- Category: Religion in 18th Century Society
It was not wholly dark in American Christendom before the dawn of the Great Awakening. The censoriousness which was the besetting sin of the evangelists in that great religious movement, the rhetorical temptation to glorify the revival by intensifying the contrast with the antecedent condition, and the exaggerated _revivalism_ ever since so prevalent in the American church,--the tendency to consider religion as consisting mainly in scenes and periods of special fervor, and the intervals between as so much void space and waste time,--all these have combined to deepen the dark tints in which the former state is set before us in history.
- Written by James Parton
- Parent Category: American Revolution Reference
- Category: The Men Behind the American Revolution
General Washington wanted a man. It was in September, 1776, at the City of New York, a few days after the battle of Long Island. The swift and deep East River flowed between the two hostile armies, and General Washington had as yet no system established for getting information of the enemy's movements and intentions. He never needed such information so much as at that crisis.
- Written by Sydney Howard Gay
- Parent Category: Presidential Biographies
- Category: James Madison, by Sydney Howard Gay
Madison's labors for the Constitution did not cease when the convention adjourned, although he was not at that moment in a hopeful frame of mind in regard to it. Within a week of the adjournment he wrote to Jefferson: "I hazard an opinion that the plan, should it be adopted, will neither effectually answer its national object, nor prevent the local mischiefs which excite disgusts against the state governments."