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" The foundation of our empire was not laid in the gloomy age of ignorance and superstition, but at an epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined than at any former period. "
The Political Magazine and Parliamentary, Naval, Military, and Literary Journal - Page 126
1783
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The Constitution of the United States, Volume 1, Issue 1

United States - Constitutional history - 1896 - 20 pages
...recollection of the happy conjuncture of times and circumstances, under which our republic assumed its rank among the nations. The foundation of our...empire was not laid in the gloomy age of ignorance and superstition ; but at an epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly...
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The Essential American Tradition: An Anthology of Striking and Significant ...

Jesse Lee Bennett - American literature - 1925 - 332 pages
...not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave. — GEORGE WASHINGTON The foundation of our empire was not laid in the gloomy age of ignorance and superstition: but at an epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined...
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The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript ..., Volume 26

George Washington - Presidents - 1783
...recollection of the happy conjuncture of times and circumstances, under which our Republic assumed its rank among the Nations ; The foundation of our...Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined,...
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Freedom of Religion in America: Historical Roots, Philosophical Concepts ...

Henry B. Clark - Social Science - 1982 - 143 pages
...new civil religion. In his Circular to the States on June 8 of that year, George Washington wrote: The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined,...
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Intellectual Life in America: A History

Lewis Perry - History - 1989 - 461 pages
...widespread belief in America's good fortune, a belief expressed by Washington at the end of the war: "The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of ignorance and superstition, but at an epoch when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined,...
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The Cambridge History of American Literature, Volume 1

Cyrus R. K. Patell - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 829 pages
...also stipulate and require. The address proper opens with a paean to the Enlightenment in America: "The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined,...
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Constitutional Democracy

Dennis C. Mueller - Political Science - 1996 - 400 pages
...unimaginative intelligence of America" it was George Washington. Yet he too was imbibed with the same optimism. The foundation of our empire was not laid in the gloomy age of ignorance and superstition; but at an epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined,...
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A Sacred Union of Citizens: George Washington's Farewell Address and the ...

Matthew Spalding, Patrick J. Garrity - History - 1996 - 216 pages
...theological roots of the Revolution and America's place in the larger traditions of history and civilization. "The foundation of our empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition," he wrote in one of his most striking statements, but at an Epocha when the rights of...
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Reason and Republicanism: Thomas Jefferson's Legacy of Liberty

Gary L. McDowell, Sharon L. Noble - Law - 1997 - 325 pages
...view, in his final act as commander in chief, when he wrote to the governors of the thirteen states: The foundation of our empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined,...
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The Norton History of the Human Sciences

Roger Smith, Professor of Social Work Roger Smith, MD - Social Science - 1997 - 1036 pages
...secure, George Washington claimed in 1783 in a letter sent to the governors of the American states: The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined,...
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