American Minute with Bill Federer May 16 - "Seward's Folly" - Alaska
American Minute with Bill Federer
May 16 - "Seward's Folly" - Alaska
Seward's Folly is what Alaska was called when it was first purchased from Russia in 1867, as it was thought to be of no value.
Only when it was discovered to be rich in natural resources was appreciation shown to Secretary of State William Seward.
Henry Seward, who was born MAY 16, 1801, had been Governor of the
State of New York, 1839-43; a U.S. Senator 1849-61; and Secretary of
State serving under President Lincoln during the War between the
same night Lincoln was shot, an accomplice of John Wilkes Booth broke
into Seward's home and wounded him in an attempted assassination.
later served as Secretary of State under President Andrew Johnson,
1865-69, working to implement the "reconstruction" in the South.
William Henry Seward stated:
do not believe human society, including not merely a few persons in
any state, but whole masses of men, ever have attained, or ever can
attain, a high state of intelligence, virtue, security, liberty, or
happiness without the Holy Scriptures; even the whole hope of human
progress is suspended on the ever-growing influence of the Bible."
In 1836, as the vice-president of the American Bible Society, William Seward stated:
know not how long a republican government can flourish among a great
people who have not the Bible; the experiment has never been tried; but
this I do know: that the existing government of this country never
could have had existence but for the Bible.
further, I do, in my conscience, believe that if at every decade of
years a copy of the Bible could be found in every family in the land
its republican institutions would be perpetuated."
William Henry Seward gave an oration titled, The Destiny of America, in which he stated:
"Shall we look to the sacred desk? Yes, indeed; for it is of Divine institution, and is approved by human experience.
ministers of Christ, inculcating Divine morals, under Divine
authority, with Divine sanction, and sustained and aided by special
cooperating influences of the Divine Spirit, are now carrying further
and broadly onward the great work of the renewal of the civilization of
the world, and its emancipation from superstition and despotism."
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