Friday, November 26, 2010

(The) Mississippi Burning

[I]t would have been happier for us if the the Mississippi [River] had been an eternal torrent of burning lava, impassable as the lake which separates the evil from the good, and the regions beyond it destined to be covered forever with brakes and jungles, and the impenetrable haunts of the wolf and the panther . . ..
Senator Harrison Gray Otis of Massachusetts, Speech to the Senate on Tuesday January 25, 1820.

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