Ray Stannard Baker

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[J. P. Morgan has] a yearly income and expenditure nearly as great as Imperial Germany. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Commandment Number One of any truly civilized society is this: Let people be different. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Facilities have been given me here as never before, the Interstate Commerce People even offering me a desk and stenographer, with full admission to all their published reports and letters. It certainly shows how … a greater care for truth and fairness, which I have tried to attain in my articles, gets hold of people. Secrecy & Transparency ;Media, Journalism & The Press
Roosevelt never leads; he always follows. He acts, but he acts only when he thinks the crowd is behind him …. Upon all the great issues he has championed, the country was prepared before he entered the arena. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Signs everywhere now show a great moral awakening—the cleaning out of rotten business & still more rotten policies. But we’ve only begun! For the first time, men were questioning the fundamentals of democracy, inquiring whether we truly had self-government in America, or whether it had been corrupted by selfish interests. This questioning came not alone from what one might call the working class, but from middle America as well. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The electric vehicle is much quieter, simpler in construction, and more easily managed [than a gas automobile] however it can only run a limited distance without recharging. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The fundamental purpose of all law is to do justice between strong and weak, between large and small. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The future will find one of its great problems is deciding how big a business enterprise must become before the public is entitled to know the full details of its management. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Secrecy & Transparency
The miserable living conditions, the long [work] hours, the universal insecurity, tended to tear down the personality, cheapen the man. Human Nature
The police seemed to lose their head completely as they dashed into the crowds on their horses and slashed out with their clubs. Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
We "muckraked" not because we hated our world but because we loved it. Media, Journalism & The Press
You can ride from England to China on regular lines of steamships and railroads without once passing from the protecting hollow of Mr. Morgan’s hand. Transportation
A few years ago no hotel or restaurant in Boston refused Negro guests; now several hotels, restaurants, and especially confectionary stores, will not serve Negroes, even the best of them.
A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything. Life
A mob is the method by which good citizens turn over the law and the government to the criminal or irresponsible classes. Government
And no book gives a deeper insight into the inner life of the Negro, his struggles and his aspirations, than, The Souls of Black Folk. Life
At first everyone predicted that it would be impossible to hold these divergent people together, but aside from the skilled men, some of whom belonged to craft unions, comparatively few went back to the mills. And as a whole, the strike was conducted with little violence.
But steel bars have never yet kept out a mob; it takes something a good deal stronger: human courage backed up by the consciousness of being right.
Every argument on lynching in the South gets back sooner or later to the question of rape.
Goodness is uneventful. It does not flash, it glows.
In the beginning I thought, and still think, he did great good in giving support and encouragement to this movement. But I did not believe then, and have never believed since, that these ills can be settled by partisan political methods. They are moral and economic questions.
It is not short of amazing, the power of a great idea to weld men together. There was in it a peculiar, intense, vital spirit if you will, that I have never felt before in any strike. Power
Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Measured by any standard, white or black, Washington must be regarded today as one of the great men of this country: and in the future he will be so honored. Future
One of the points in which I was especially interested was the Jim Crow regulations, that is, the system of separation of the races in street cars and railroad trains.
Talk of joy: there may be things better than beef stew and baked potatoes and home-made bread - there may be.
The discrimination is not made openly, but a Negro who goes to such places is informed that there are no accommodations, or he is overlooked and otherwise slighted, so that he does not come again.
The streets and alleys of the ward were notoriously filthy, and the contractors habitually neglected them, not failing, however, to draw their regular payments from the city treasury.
The very first time I was on a car in Atlanta, I saw the conductor - all conductors are white - ask a Negro woman to get up and take a seat farther back in order to make a place for a white man. I have also seen white men requested to leave the Negro section of the car. Time