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Humor of a Country Lawyer$
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Sam J. Ervin Jr.

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780807844649

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807875735_Ervin

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Humor in Politics

Humor in Politics

(p.57) Chapter 5 Humor in Politics
Humor of a Country Lawyer

Sam J. Ervin

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Senator Joseph T. Robinson's statement at Charlotte at the time when he was the Democratic nominee for vice-president in 1928. “Politics is not a vocation,” he said. “It is not even an avocation. It's an incurable disease. If it ever gets in one's blood, it can never be eradicated.” The author was born to a family whose blood had been corrupted by politics. His forebears had been immersed in law and politics for generations. The author confesses here that he finds genealogy a fascinating subject. It teaches the truth that William Cullen Bryant enunciates in his poem “Thanatopsis,” namely, that they who tread the globe are but a handful to the tribes who slumber in its bosom.

Keywords:   Joseph T. Robinson, Charlotte, Democratic nominee, politics, vocation, avocation

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