Rochester American Quotes

The $100,000,000 which have been expended in the late Mexican War, would have been sufficient to found 126 free Colleges, each as richly endowed as Harvard University - Library, Professorships, scientific schools and all. If sums of money were thus liberally expended, and for education and its appliances, instead of war and its horrible enginery, who can estimate the happy results which would be the fruit of such policy?

The comparison of the costs of education and military spending is not just a modern phenomenon. In the middle of the 19th century, the same argument was being made.

Rochester American, Editorial, 1848

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