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Source: Free Society
Source type: magazine
Document type: letter to the editor
Document title: “Influence of Public Schools”
Author(s): Fritz, Annie
Date of publication: 16 March 1902
Volume number: 9
Issue number: 11
Pagination: 3

Fritz, Annie. “Influence of Public Schools.” Free Society 16 Mar. 1902 v9n11: p. 3.
McKinley assassination (public response: criticism); McKinley assassination (personal response: anarchists).
Named persons
William McKinley.


Influence of Public Schools [excerpt]

     In my opinion the teachers of the public schools have a powerful influence over the children. They lecture to them for hours, and speak so pathetically that I do not blame the children for being shocked at the word Anarchy; and were I not brought up among radical people who talk and explain to me, I would no doubt be of the same opinion as they are.
     At the time of McKinley’s death, compositions were written, children were dressed in mourning, special receptions made, his favorite hymns sung; and all because he, a tyrant, was shot down by a man who could not look on calmly at the sufferings of the working people. But in the tunnel accident in New York, so many lives were lost, and yet they would not think of writing compositions about them, oh, no! for they were only the common working people; but they forget that it is these “common people” who support the country and its heads.



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