The newest release of imprints from The American Civil War Collection, 1860-1922: From the American Antiquarian Society includes a treatise on the rights to land, labor, and education; a very personal account of one Union soldier’s war; and a detailed account of the fate that befell soldiers from a small town in northern Vermont.
The American Crisis; or, Trial and Triumph of Democracy (1865)
By Warren Chase, author of “Life line of the lone one,” “Fugitive wife,” etc.
The title page of this imprint includes a quote from Shelley:
“War is the statesman’s game, the lawyer’s jest,
The priest’s delight, and the hired assassin’s trade.”
and the unattributed declaration:
We will defend the government that secures to all its children land, labor, and education.
Warren Chase (1813-1891) was an American idealist who associated himself with the philosophy of Charles Fourier of France. Fourier was an advocate of “utopian socialism” which was the impetus for the development of several intentional communities in the U.S., including Brook Farm in Massachusetts, a transcendentalist community founded by Nathaniel Hawthorne and others. In the 1840s, Chase was involved in establishing the Wisconsin Phalanx—an intentional community which subsequently evolved into the village of Ceresco, later annexed by the city of Ripon.