George Ade: The dubious rights granted a people «liberated» through war

For peace, against war: literary selections

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

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George Ade
Two Rebellions (1899)

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«I just wanted to ask you about a certain passage in the school history,» said Mr. Kakyak, the Tagalo, addressing the American missionary.

Washington Conner – «Yes?»

Kakyak – «Here it is. (Reads) ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it – ‘»

Conner – «I remember the passage perfectly. You are reading from the second paragraph of…

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