James Fenimore Cooper


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James Fenimore Cooper (September 15, 1789 – September 14, 1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature. He lived most of his life in Cooperstown, New York, established by his father William. Cooper was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church ... more »

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  • Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving to the citizen as much freedom of action and of being, as comports with order and the rights of others, the institutions render him truly a fr...
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "Individuality," The American Democrat (1838).
  • The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child in...
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "On American Equality," The American Democrat (1838).
  • The Americans ... are almost ignorant of the art of music, one of the most elevating, innocent and refining of human tastes, whose influence on the habits and morals of a people is of the most benefic...
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "On Civilization," The American Democrat (1838).
  • The demagogue is usually sly, a detractor of others, a professor of humility and disinterestedness, a great stickler for equality as respects all above him, a man who acts in corners, and avoids open ...
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "On Demagogues," The American Democrat (1838).
  • The American doctrinaire is the converse of the American demagogue, and, in this way, is scarcely less injurious to the public. The first deals in poetry, the last in cant. He is as much a visionary o...
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), U.S. novelist. "On Demagogues," The American Democrat (1838).
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