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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

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

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9780807844649.003.0005

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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