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Old 22 April 2011, 08:50 AM
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I can't work out how to use that Google Books link to reliably search inside things. (It takes me to the cover page for an 1893 economics text called "Imperialism in America"). I couldn't see whether it contained the text in question, but if it does, then it's not the primary source because the general theme of that book seems to be against the sort of capitalism that the Manifesto puts forward.

Other Google Books searches turned up (the covers of) a lot of other manifestos and meeting minutes from the late 19th and early 20th century that would have used similar language, but as far as I can see they're all from people and organisations that represent worker's movements and socialist ideas - in other words, people who would be using this as anti-capitalist propaganda for "what the other side thinks", rather than as a genuine text representing their own ideas.

I found the exact text on page 3 of a book / set of minutes called The Stone Cutters' Journal from 1922 (so way after it was meant to be written) but again, can't work out how to link to that or even open the book properly to see the full text. Perhaps my computer skills have suddenly vanished... According to Google Books, the overall theme of that book is "masonry". The Stone Cutters doesn't sound like a socialist organisation - it sounds more like a joke from The Simpsons - but it's hard to see who these people were, and whether they would have agreed with the sentiments in the Manifesto or not. Perhaps they were called that as an ironic reaction against the Masons, rather than to show similarity with the Masons?

Do you have a link to the actual manifesto itself? If real, it would presumably have belonged to a small political party or group.

(eta) I found it more useful to search for a phrase like "they will be more tractable and easily governed", which relates to the content. Searching for the convention details just brings up lots of other people who were going to say things at that convention. The Google Books search algorithm doesn't seem to rate exact phrase matching as a high priority - the book which did contain the exact phrase was half-way down the first page. Interestingly, there seems to be a thesaurus from 1890 which includes a very similar phrase as part of a definition or usage of the word "tractable". Which might suggest that whoever wrote the piece in the OP used a thesaurus to get ideas. But again, I couldn't actually look inside the book to check this.

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