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Holcombe, J.P.:

AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE SOCIETY OF ALUMNI, OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, AT ITS ANNUAL MEETING, HELD IN THE PUBLIC HALL, JUNE 29TH, 1853.

MacFarlane & Fergusson, Richmond: 1853 Original printed wrappers [light wear and soil], stitched, 43pp. Very Good. Holcombe was a prolific legal writer, professor of law at the University of Virginia, and enthusiastic Virginia advocate of Southern Rights and Secession. DAB says, "He was an accomplished orator, and his brilliant speeches exerted considerable influence in bringing about the withdrawal of the state from the Union." His discourse here, on "the true ends of a great University," reflects his commitment to the class-based society to which he belonged, founded upon slavery. The University must create a planter aristocracy, educated for leadership and modeled upon the ancient Greeks and Romans, by providing "a liberal education to all its students...as distinguished from a servile or mechanical education." Angrily addressing the success of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' he urges a distinctly southern literature to "disperse the delusions which invest this whole subject of domestic slavery...Human wisdom has yet devised no scheme for its abolition, which does not call upon a great and enlightened people to sacrifice all the civilization which makes life valuable for the mockery of conferring an empty freedom upon a race unfit for its enjoyment." FIRST EDITION. Haynes 8651. Sabin 32467n. Not in Swem, Work, LCP, Blockson.


Book Id: 10505

Price: $375.00

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