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A Comparative Study of the Negro Problem - The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers No. 4

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Title: A Comparative Study of the Negro Problem  The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers No. 4 Author: Charles C. Cook Release Date: February 17, 2010 [EBook #31301] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK COMPARATIVE STUDY OF NEGRO PROBLEM ***
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The American Negro Academy. OCCASIONAL PAPERS No. 4.
A Comparative Study
—OF THE—
NEGRO PROBLEM
—BY—
Mr. Charles C. Cook.
 
 
  
Price Fifteen Cents.
WASHINGTON, D. C. Published by the Academy 1899
A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE NEGRO PROBLEM [1] L IVING as we do in the midst of a people, which, if not of unmixed English blood, is at least English in institutions, language and laws, where can we better read our destiny than in the pages of English history? “In our own hearts,” some will at once answer. But no, the thread of our fate is, to-day, more in the hands of the American people than in our own. The three nations, which have in modern times, most startled the world by their progress, are England, the United States, and Japan. In the early years of the seventeenth century, a part of the English people, impatient of the restrictions of their time, founded upon this continent a new and more rapidly progressive civilization than that which they left behind them in their old homes. But this was no beginning, only an acceleration of the movement, which had already placed England among the foremost powers of the earth. To study the conditions attending upon the entrance of the American people upon their path of progress, we must follow the pilgrims back to and into their English homes. What, then, does the history of the American people teach us? A simple lesson, still more impressively told by the history of Japan: that time may become an insignificant element in the making of a powerful nation. What it took England ten centuries to accomplish, the United States has done in two hundred, and Japan in thirty years. What mighty leavening agency has been employed, what secret learned from nature’s workshop, that these almost incredible results, should have been so quickly, yet beyond question so well, won? The answer may be given in two words: England was chiefly hand-made, the United States, and above all Japan, have been made by machinery. Richly endowed with human genius, as with natural resources, only time enough was needed to transplant modern political institutions, and economic and industrial machinery, and to train natives in their use, to enable Japan to raise herself, in one generation, high in the scale of progressive nations. Thirty years ago, Japan stood hesitatingly upon the threshold of her hermit’s cell, and considered whether she should go out and join the throng of bustlin Euro eans. America, En land and Holland had beaten furiousl
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