Greece As A European Kingdom -- By: Albert N. Arnold
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Greece As A European Kingdom
The generation that sympathized with the Greeks in their heroic struggle to break the yoke of Ottoman oppression has nearly passed away. A few still survive who remember the generous enthusiasm which was so widely felt in our country while that struggle was going on. That enthusiasm was neither strange nor unreasonable. Indeed, in several respects, the contest by which Greece won her independence was not unlike that by which we achieved our own. It was the struggle of a weak power against a strong. It was the effort to throw off a yoke of oppression far heavier and more cruel, and of far longer continuance, than that which our fathers were no longer able to bear. It was marked, like our own, by alternations of glorious success and deep disaster. It was perseveringly prosecuted amid great discouragements and with great sacrifices. And it lasted for very nearly the same period as our own.1 No wonder, then, that American sympathy with the Greeks in their contest for freedom was widespread and earnest. This sympathy was shown by multitudes of our people in contributions of money and food and clothing for the relief of the suffering Greeks; by the personal efforts and services of individuals, like Dr. Samuel G. Howe of Massachusetts and Colonel Jonathan P. Miller of Vermont; and by the official utterances and acts of such public men as Daniel Webster and Henry Clay.2 It will
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hardly be denied that our interest in the little kingdom of Greece, since it became an independent power, has but poorly corresponded with the earlier enthusiasm with which we watched and encouraged the contest by which her independence was achieved. This is to be regretted. Greece is not ungrateful for our past sympathies and services. She needs and deserves our sympathies still. Always remembering the sage caution of Washington’s Farewell Address against embroiling ourselves in the quarrels of European nations, we need not, and should not be, indifferent to the progress of a brave and freedom-loving people.
It may tend to revive and perpetuate our friendly interest in the welfare and prosperity of this little Greek kingdom, if we briefly recall the principal events of that revolutionary struggle which at the time aroused and justified our sympathy; and then consider what progress Greece has already made, in the face of many difficulties; and finally glance at the obstacles which she has had to encounter in her natural and praiseworthy endeavors to complete the work of the emancipation of the entire Greek race, which was unfortunately left incomplete when the kingdom was organized...
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