It Was In Making Education Not Only Common To All, But In Some Sense Compulsory On All, That The Destiny Of The Free Republics Of America Was Practically Settled.

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It was in making education not only common to all, but in some sense
compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free republics of America
was practically settled.
-- James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)
-- New England Two Centuries ago