Pioneers of the Old Southwest

A Chronicle of the Dark and Bloody Ground

Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,242 / 184 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41.1
LoC Category: F
Downloads: 600
mnybks.net#: 6473
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Western, History
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th arms for their own form of worship and for their civil rights. They were already frontiersmen, trained in the hardihood and craft of border warfare through years of guerrilla fighting with the Irish Celts. They had pitted and proved their strength against a wilderness; they had reclaimed the North of Ireland from desolation. For the time, many of them were educated men; under the regulations of the Presbyterian Church every child was taught to read at an early age, since no person could be admitted to the privileges of the Church who did not both understand and approve the Presbyterian constitution and discipline. They were brought up on the Bible and on the writings of their famous pastors, one of whom, as early as 1650, had given utterance to the democratic doctrine that "men are called to the magistracy by the suffrage of the people whom they govern, and for men to assume unto themselves power is mere tyranny and unjust usurpation." In subscribing to this doctrine and in resisting to the hilt all effort

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