Bound with Them in Chains: A Biographical History of the Antislavery Movement (Contributions in American History)

Bound with Them in Chains: A Biographical History of the Antislavery Movement (Contributions in American History)

Bound with Them in Chains: A Biographical History of the Antislavery Movement (Contributions in American History)

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A Biographical Sketch of an Infant

A Biographical Sketch of an Infant

“[…]. I may give as an instance that I took the child in question, when 2 1/4 years old, to the Zoological Gardens, and he enjoyed looking at all the animals which were like those that he knew, such as deer, antelopes &c., and all the birds, even the ostriches, but was much alarmed at the various larger animals in cages. He often said afterwards that he wished to go again, but not to see ” beasts in houses”; and we could in no manner account for this fear. May we not suspect that the vague but very real fears of children, which are quite inidependent of experience, are the inherited effects of real dangers and abject superstitions during ancient savage times ? It is quite conformable with what we know of the transmission of formerly well-developed characters, that they should appear at an early period of life, and afterwards disappear[…]”.

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