Author: P.G. Mantel

Augustus, Herod, and the Innocents

  Editor’s note:  The following is excerpted from Giovanni Papini’s The Life of Christ.  While Papini’s interpretations of Scripture are sometimes questionable or even false, and  though he is given to intellectual musings at odds with Divine revelation, he nevertheless depicts with great vividness the characters and cultures of Rome and the Ancient Near East.   Octavius Augustus When Christ appeared upon the earth, criminals ruled the world unopposed.  He was born subject to two sovereigns, the stronger far away at Rome, the weaker and wickeder close at hand in Judea. One lucky adventurer after wholesale slaughter had seized...

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“Of Rights and the Nature and Necessity of Laws”

  Editor’s Note:  The following is excerpted from Young’s Civil Government, a civics primer for home and school use published in 1848.   “The grand object of civil government is to secure to the members of a community the free enjoyment of their rights.  A right is the just claim or lawful title which we have to any thing.  Hence we say, a person has a right to what he has earned by his labor, or bought with his money.  Having thus acquired it, it is lawfully and justly his own, and no other person has a right to it....

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Man of the West: Nathan Hale

Editor’s Note:  The following is excerpted from The Lives of Patriots and Heroes, by John S. Jenkins (1847).  At the time this book was published, the memory of Nathan Hale, and his signal death in the cause of American independence, seems to have largely faded from public knowledge in the United States.  In contrast, the equally heroic self-sacrifice of the British Army spy John André was still fittingly honored in his native England.  Determined to restore a martyred countryman to his merited place in the pantheon of American champions, Jenkins gives a brief account of Hale’s clandestine mission, its...

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