As Others See Us: A Study of Progress in the United States

As Others See Us: A Study of Progress in the United States

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As Others See Us: A Study of Progress in the United States

As Others See Us: A Study of Progress in the United States

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It was an accident, but I shall always think of it as a happy one. In 1893, just starting upon a long lecture tour through the Middle West, I fell upon three volumes of Criticisms on our American Life and Institutions, Travels in North America . They were written in 1827-1828 by a distinguished naval officer, Captain Basil Hall. They were in their time a classic in this literature of foreign observation. The mother of our veteran man of letters, T. W. Higginson, left an account of this traveller, who was introduced to her home by the historian Jared Sparks.

Later we hear that "everybody" is reading Captain Hall's book, losing their temper and wondering how he could accept so much hospitality and then go home to write three volumes of "abuse, stupidities, and slanders." I cannot imagine an American to-day reading those books with one flutter of fretful emotion. He was "honest as a Saxon . . ."

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