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Some Press Comment.
“Mr. Oglesby has done the South a great service. He has not only undermined a slander, but has brought to the surface facts of which 999 persons out of every 1,000 are ignorant or forgetful. Any man or woman who loves the South can well afford to pay the price charged per copy.”—The Richmond (Va.) Dispatch.
“Mr. Oglesby's vindication is ample. He has grouped together the remarkable deeds of Southern men in a way that is truly admirable. We could wish that a copy were in the hands of every Southern family and that every boy in the Southland would read it and find within its pages an incentive to emulate the example of some native of the South who has contributed to the happiness or advancement of mankind.” -The News and Observer (Raleigh, N. C.)
“We cannot afford to permit sectional narrowness and malice to misrepresent the South to coming generations, which may be led astray by the persistent repetition of such audacious falsehoods as that in the Britannica. Fortunately this encyclopediac slander of the South has already been answered in å pamphlet by Mr. T. K. Oglesby, which should be in the library of every Southern family, and should be read by every Southern man and woman.”—The Baltimorean (Baltimore, Md.)
“The Southern people are deeply indebted to Mr. T. K. Oglesby for a complete and masterly vindication of the South against the aspersions of the Encyclopedia Britannica-aspersions that are either the outcome of inexcusable ignorance or of inexplicable malice, or of both combined. Mr. Oglesby's book should be in the hands of every Southern man especially, and of every other man who values the truth of history." --The Index-Appeal (Petersburg, Va.)
"The article on American literature in the British Encyclopedia is just now undergoing a severe handling from the Southern newspapers. There is one paragraph in particular
which has aroused the ire of the Southerners, and it reads as follows:
“Mr. T. K. Oglesby, a loyal Southerner, has prepared a list to show the untruthfulness of the Encyclopedia article. The sweeping claim for New England made in the article and the sweeping arraignment of the South are absurd enough.
There is one thing that New England may justly claim the credit of teaching to the South, and that is the doctrine of secession.
The Encyclopedia writer ought to make claims that can be supported." - Philadelphia Inquirer, May 31, 1891.
"Mr. Oglesby's articles are truthful, brilliant, pungent and delightful. It would be impossible for a Southern man to read them and not feel a sense of increased pride in his section; and for the rising generation just such literature is needed to counteract the poison instilled by alien and embittered writers. The Times would like to see this interesting and instructive little book in the hands of every Southern family. It is a text-book for the politician, for the student, and for everybody. It presents the facts of history on points in which every Southerner is vitally interested, because it is a complete refutation of current slanders impeaching the character of Southern people.”—The Florence (Ala.) Times.
"This is an able defense of the South against the aspersion of the Encyclopedia Britannica, and a criticism of that work by Mr. T. K. Oglesby. It consists of a series of articles orig. inally published in the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, all of which are truthfully and pungently written. They are just such articles as are needed to do away with the false impressions of the South so industriously attempted to be circulated by her foreign and domestic enemies. They are conclusive evidence of the necessity of a history of the South by Southern men instead of allowing that work to be done by villifiers and traducers of this section."--The Richmond (Pa.) Times.
“Mr. T. K. Oglesby has rendered the whole South a great service in a pamphlet which he has published, entitled The Britannica Answered and the South Vindicated,' with an array of facts that will make every Southerner still prouder of his native land. Every one who desires to know the truth of
history, whether he be of Southern or of Northern birth, should read this pamphlet.”—The Manufacturers' Record (Baltimore, Md.)
“For the sake of your children get Mr. Oglesby's masterly vindication of the South and seal it in the volume that contains the slander, if your library is disgraced with it. We must fortify; we must defend. We must write our own history and establish our glorious past before the civilized world.” -Major Charles H. Smith (“Bill Arp”) in The Atlanta Constitution.
“Mr. T. K. Oglesby, who is well-known in South Carolina as a devoted son of the South, has written a little book which should be in the hands of every citizen who has pride in his State and people. It is a vindication of the South against the outrageous slander upon this section contained in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
"Mr. Oglesby, in the space of his pamphlet of sixty pages, makes a brilliant and complete defense of the South from this vicious and lying charge. He gives a mass of facts, showing Southern achievement upon every line of thought, and affording information to even the best informed of Southern men which will open their eyes to the glorious record of their section. No South Carolinian can afford to be without this little book. Nowhere else can he learn so much, in so small a space, about his people.”—The State (Columbia, s. C.)
“Evidently the Encyclopedia Britannica is not entitled to a high character for accuracy. What is wanted is a book of reference that can be relied upon for facts gathered with painstaking care and stated in their true order and proportions. Will the South have to write its own encyclopedia in order to escape the disgust the perusal of the Britannica inspires ?
The answer 'Yes' is given in a pamphlet by Mr. T. K. Oglesby, published at Montgomery, Ala., in which the Britannica's treatment of the South is discussed. Mr. Oglesby presents a long--a very long-list of Southern statesmen, generals, jurists, orators, poets, novelists, scientists and scholars whó since the Revolution days' have won the admiration of mankind, and that, too, without 'migrating to New York or Buston in search of a university training.' Mr. Cable, it is true,