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#1. The three hundredth anniversary of the Salem witch trials of 1692 comes at a time when witchcraft commands a scholarly attention that would have been puzzling in 1892 or even in 1792. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#2. Franklin was the best known of the Founding Fathers. His death could not go without some sort of official notice. The House of Representatives, after listening to a brief tribute by James Madison, voted to wear badges of mourning for two months and then got on with business. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#3. To make a successful film from a successful play is probably much more difficult than making one from scratch, just as any carpenter will tell you that it is more difficult to restore an old house than to build a comparable new one. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#4. What was the American Revolution? The people who joined to carry it out had different views of what they had done. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#5. Few words in any language carry such a load of meaning as 'honor.' It is an old word, unchanged even in its spelling from classical Latin to modern English. Spoken or written, it does not seem to require much explanation; most people think they know what it means. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#6. It was not necessary and might even have been disadvantageous for a government to claim a direct personal commission and communion of the kind God had given some rulers in the Old Testament. A working government might need the support of the Church but not of God Himself in a voice from on high. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#7. Children whose curiosity survives parental discipline and who manage to grow up before they blow up are invited to join the Yale faculty. Within the university they go on asking their questions and trying to find the answers ... it is a place where the world's hostility to curiosity can be defied. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#8. Both European and American historians have done away with any conceptual limits on what in the past needs and deserves investigating. The result, among other things, has been a flood of works on gender history, black history, and ethnic history of all kinds. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#9. The first English settlers of North America knew they were making history. New Englanders in particular were so sure of it that they started writing their own accounts of themselves as soon as they got here. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#10. Apart from the intrinsic interest of the complex system of beliefs the Puritans carried with them, their lives give a clue to what it meant at the beginning to be American. And the level of scholarship dealing with them has reached a point where it can address the human condition itself. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#11. Most historians don't much like generalizations. Indeed, they make a trade of showing that this or that generalization about the past will not work here or there or then. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#12. The southern colonists were not preoccupied with their own historical significance and mostly did not bother even to make the records of births, marriages, and deaths that they required of themselves by law. Nor did they write accounts of what they were up to for the benefit of posterity. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#13. Liberty had many friends in the eighteenth century. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#14. History, at its best, always tells us as much indirectly about ourselves as it does directly about our predecessors, and it is often most revealing when it deals with episodes and phenomena that we find repulsive. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#15. No one escapes from the past without bearing some of its burdens. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#16. It is hard for anyone who discovers George Washington not to write about him, perhaps because he is so hard to discover and such a surprise when you do. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#17. I made a point of always teaching undergraduates because they are not a captive audience ... I always tried out my research ideas first in the classroom to get feedback from people who didn't have to listen to me if I didn't make it interesting. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#18. Vox populi vox dei: the voice of the people is the voice of God. The slogan was useful for those who first attempted to substitute the people for God as the source of political authority. Their attempt was ultimately so successful that God no longer seems to be needed in government. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#19. In 1787, many Americans were convinced that the 'perpetual union' they had created in winning independence was collapsing. Six years earlier, in the Articles of Confederation, the thirteen state governments had surrendered extensive powers to a congress of delegates from each state legislature. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#20. The preoccupation of American historical and literary scholars with the New England Puritans must seem to outsiders like an obsession. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#21. In France, where Franklin had lived from 1776 to 1785, he had won an extraordinary place in the public mind. The French had lionized him to the point of absurdity - or so at least his colleagues in the American mission thought. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#22. The colonial period has been the proving ground in America for the new social history, which concentrates on the ordinary doings of ordinary people rather than on high culture and high politics. Unfortunately ordinary people, almost by definition, leave behind only faint traces of their existence. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#23. In 1595, by order of the Privy Council, the English armed services abandoned the longbow and fought with muskets for the next two centuries and more. Nobody is sure why. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#24. So many able historians have worked over seventeenth-century New England that one would think there was little left to be learned from the people who lived there - fewer than 100,000 at the end of the century. Seldom, apart perhaps from the Greeks and Romans, have so few been studied by so many. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#25. Washington presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and is often credited with its success. But he had no known part in drafting its provisions. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#26. A historian should not be didactic-that is a word that makes my blood run cold. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#27. Throughout his long career, Washington earned the adulation not merely of ordinary people but of the other luminaries whom we now hail as 'founding fathers.' - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#28. The musket, always a muzzleloader, took minutes to reload; an archer could aim and fire up to a dozen arrows in a minute. Muskets required continual cleaning and repair; bows were quickly made and easily maintained. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#29. Everybody knows that Alexander Hamilton was a founding father of the United States, a young father to be sure: only thirty at the time of the Constitutional Convention and just turned thirty-eight when he left behind his brilliant career as Secretary of the Treasury. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#30. The men and women who occupied the east coast of North America between 1607 and 1800 have been more closely scrutinized than any other collection of people in American history. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#31. The Puritans left behind so full a record of what they thought and did that scholars cannot resist the temptation to make the most of it. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#32. Cotton Mather is one of those classic figures of American history who can't be left out. One has to explain him or explain him away, redeem him or denounce him. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#33. Between 1776 and 1789, Americans replaced a government over them with a government under them. They have worried ever since about keeping it under. Distrust of its powers has been more common and more visible than distrust of the imperial authority of England ever was before the Revolution. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#34. By 1892, enlightenment had progressed to the point where the Salem trials were simply an embarrassing blot on the history of New England. They were a part of the past that was best forgotten: a reminder of how far the human race had come in two centuries. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#35. The starting point for the new history, both in Europe and America, has been the record of births, marriages, and deaths, which most literate societies preserve in one form or another. In colonial America, surviving records of this kind - as of every other kind - are most abundant for New England. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#36. There is something about guns that inhibits understanding. It is not just that they can put an end to argument. They somehow generate beliefs that are obviously contrary to observable fact. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#37. The American Revolution was carried out in the name of the people, and it was supposedly 'We, the people,' who created the government that Americans still live under. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#38. The famous convention of 1787 met in Philadelphia to define the additional powers needed to enable Congress to do its job effectively. Instead, the convention proposed a brand new national government. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#39. The musket could not be aimed except in a general direction; a bow in the hands of a skilled archer could regularly hit and kill an enemy completely beyond musket range. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#40. Americans, perhaps more than most people, have pondered the question of who they are and what their country is. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#41. History at its best is vicarious experience. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#42. Who would think it possible to redirect historical scholarship by explaining what Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence? - Author: Edmund Morgan
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#43. The difference between eccentricity and originality in historical studies is often difficult to detect at first encounter. When a radically new interpretation of a large segment of history makes its appearance, time is needed to sift the evidence. - Author: Edmund Morgan
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