United States and American History: 1805

About United States history in 1805, excerpts from Red Jacket, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, and a biography of Bill Richmond the boxer.


-Brother, our seats were once large and yours were small. You have now become a great people, and we have scarcely a place left to spread our blankets. You have got our country but are not satisfied; you want to force your religion upon us... We also have a religion which was given to our forefathers and has been handed down from father to son.... It teaches us to be thankful for all the favors we receive, to love each other, and be united...

-Red Jacket's address to a missionary

-Author Hugh Henry Brackenridge issued a lesson for the times when, in his Modern Chivalry, he pinpointed the evil of ambition, which he called "the poison of public virtue".

....The 1st lesson I would give to a son of mine would be to have nothing to do with public business, but as a duty to his country..... They should be warned of flatterers, whose object is not to serve them but themselves. The demagogue in a democracy and the courtier in a monarchy are identical...

July 8 Bill Richmond, a Negro, became the 1st American to win distinction in a prize fight. Richmond, the son of a slave owned by a Reverend Clayton, knocked out Jack Holmes, alias Tom Tough, in the 26th round at Cricklewood Green, England.

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