eisenstadt, alfred. alice austen in wheelchair. life magazine, 1951.
"words have no power to impress the mind with the exquisite horror of their reality."
“ever since the discovery of america by the celebrated navigator, columbus, the ‘civilized’ or enlightened natives of the old world regarded its inhabitants as a race of ‘savages!’—of course they were treated as barbarians, and for nearly two centuries they suffered without intermission, as the europeans acted on the principal that might makes right—and if they could succeed in defrauding natives out of their lands, and drive them from the seaboard, they were satisfied for a time.”
"however else the blow affected her, like other setbacks it prompted some of her most florid prose."
“this old town of salem—my native place, though i have dwelt much away from it, both in boyhood and maturer years—possess, or did possess, a hold on my affections, the force of which i have never realized during my seasons of actual residence here” (8).
“The revolutionaries not only tried to play down ethnic discord, but sometimes wrote as if no ethnic differences existed. Jefferson, in the Declaration of Independence, spoke blithely of ‘one people,’ prefiguring Jay’s line in The Federalist, and in the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms of a year earlier, which he coauthored with John Dickinson, a bald reference was made to ‘our forefathers, inhabitants of the island of Great-Britain.’ George Washington, in his 1796 Farewell Address, partially written by West Indian-born Alexander Hamilton, was more circumspect: He used the ‘one people’ line but carefully noted that Americans were either ‘citizens by birth or choice of a common country’ and that ‘with slight shades of difference,’ they had ‘the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles’ (111).