Literature Bolsters Democracy
Literature Bolsters Democracy, and Why a Robust Society Is a Feminist Society
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Abolitionist who helped cause the US Civil War as novelist of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," essayist, and poet.
“America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin, is eligible within herself, not without… Always inform yourself; always do the best you can;
"A free people [claim] their rights, as derived from the laws of nature." — Thomas Jefferson
Two literary civil war vets speak in the 1860's -- Mark Twain and Walt Whitman:
The Civil War and Reconstruction remade the Constitution when northern statesmen laid the foundation for an unprecedented experiment in egalitarian government in the late 1860's when the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments were adopted, but it took victory on the battlefield for slaves to be made free and afterwich the amendments to "create a new fundamental right to personal freedom for slaves." It takes a certain type of moral character to be capable of liberty like that embodied in Justice Clarence Thomas It took the Nineteenth Amendment to give women the vote, a measure that followed the principles of the American Revolution 1776 into the Constitution 1787.
0 l Learn is best with laughter. The word literature has its origins in the ancient Latin word for letter. Letters allow human beings to exercise their gift of reason through reading and writing. The masters of literature, such as Mark Twain, are able to employ words to represent reality accurately. Through their writings, they reveal to the reader truth about human nature and the world in which we live. Learn and laugh with comic Huck Finn in lecture from Hillsdale College.
Interesting that Justice ClarenceThomas, born in a shanty in a swampy Georgia hamlet founded by freed slaves enjoyed a few Huck Finn-like years before moving to a Savannah slum tenement. He was saved from a street culture with the moral maxim "Where there's a will, there's a way" which formed the bedrock of his worldview.
"For the things we have to learn before we do them, we learn by doing them." - Aristotle - His magnanimous man is portrayed by a Twain character you will recognize in Western movies. Snail to human being --all learn better with repetition. Christian religion and civilization owes to Judaism an immeasurable debt. Apostle Paul, author of Biblical messages most frequently to Gentile nations, speaks about a pattern of behavior acquired by frequent repetition that reflects the prevailing character of a person. The power of God's prophetic promises---past, present, and future presented here are just as God said: As Benjamin Franklin says "God governs in the affairs of men" find Armageddon valley as Mark Twain saw it, the truth of C.S. Lewis explained, real life reality, and the promises and prophecy of Israel today.
While "perfectible", in the words of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the written U.S. Constitution does not change-- and whose purpose remains as the Preamble states, to "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." The hope for America is seen in the image of the rising sun in "The Reading Xpress With OK Reading." --Best Books
Joy Harjo poet laureate's the Library of Congress, 2019
The Joy of Poetry is "trying to get at an expression sideways (metaphor) so that you've got a meaning but it's coming around, instead of in a direct linear fashion into your brain, it's walking a back path into your heart."
E. Curtis, Indian Photograph, "The mind works with words, the body works with muscles, the soul works with images. Metaphor (images) makes everything possible.
Toni Morrison, 1931 - 2019
"Words are things that seep into every aspect of our consciousness... 'If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else'."
The Stepping-stone is the way to
You have each been given a bag of tools,
A formless rock and book of rules;
And each must make, ere life has flown.
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.