Excerpt from The Story of Liberty
To the Boys and Girls of America:
This "Story of Liberty" is a true narrative. It covers a period of five hundred years, and is an outline of the march of the human race from Slavery to Freedom.
There are some points in this book to which I desire to direct your attention. You will notice that the events which have given direction to the course of history have not always been great battles, for very few of die many conflicts of arms have had any determining force; but it will be seen that insignificant events have been not unfrcqucntly followed by momentous results. You will see that everything of the present, be it good or kid, may be traced to something in the past; that history is a chain of events. You will also notice that history is like a drama, and that there arc but a few principal actors. How few there have been!
The first to appear in this "Story" is King John of England. Out of his signing his name to the Magna Charta have come tho Parliament of Great Britain and the Congress of the United States, and representative governments everywhere. Tho next actors were John Wicklif and Geoffrey Chaucer, who sowed seed that is now ripening in individual liberty. Then came Henry VII., Henry VIII., Katherine of Aragon, Anne Bolevn, Katherine's daughter (Mary Tudor), Cardinal Wolsey, Archbishop Cran-iner, Anne Boleyn's daughter (Elizabeth), King James, John Smith, John Robinson, William Brewster, and the men and women of Austerfield and Scrooby.
In Scotland were Mary Stuart and George Buchanan ; in Bohemia, Professor Faulfash and John Hass; in Germany, the boy who sung for his breakfast (Martin Luther), Duke Frederick, John Tetzel, and John Guttenberg; in Holland, Laurence Coster, Doctor Erasmus, and William
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