The Uprising of a Great People. The United States in 1861. From the French of Count Agenor de Gasparin. By MARY L. BOOTH. 12mo., pp. 263. New York: Charles Scribner.
America, the Northern States at least, may well accept the views and counsels of so genuine a friend and so pure and noble a spirit as Gasparin. A French Protestant, a friend of civil and religious liberty, a devotee to the cause of humanity and progress, he loves our country as a great depository of all his noblest hopes. To show that we are worthy of this trust, as well as to aid us in its highest discharge, is this work addressed to the civilized world.
The drift of the work will best appear from a presentation of the topics in the table of contents:
1. American Slavery; 2. Where the Nation was drifting before the Election of Mr. Lincoln; 3. What the Election of Mr. Lincoln signifies; 4. What we are to think of the United States; 5. The Churches and Slavery; 6. The Gospel and Slavery; 7. The Present Crisis; 8. Probable Consequences of the Crisis; 9. Coexistence of the two Races after Emancipation; 10. The Present Crisis will Regenerate the Institutions of the United States—Conclusion.
In the introduction Gasparin states the elements that go to make up American slavery, and furnishes an ample reply to those who consider Uncle Tom's Cabin a calumny. We recommend it to those Northern Christians who reiterate the same parrot note in this country.