Life in America One Hundred Years Ago

Life in America One Hundred Years Ago

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Life in America One Hundred Years Ago

Life in America One Hundred Years Ago

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This book was written at the request of the Committee of One Hundred to celebrate one hundred years of peace between Great Britain and the United States at the city of Washington, and is a contribution to that celebration. It is a sketch, drawn in outline, of life and manners in the United States in the year when peace was made with Great Britain, and this nation started upon a career of separate, independent national development. I have suggested some of the causes of the development, and have portrayed the character of the people in a general way. I hope I have been able to communicate some of the atmosphere of the time to my narrative. It was an invigorating atmosphere, full of life and inspiration to those who breathed it. We must believe that it was, for if it had not been we should not now rank among the great nations.

While I write these lines the minds of all Americans are occupied with fearful thoughts of the war in Europe. The ebb and flow of the tide of battle are watched anxiously from day to day, and we are wondering helplessly what will be the eventual outcome. We are conscious that changes in civilization, the nature of which human knowledge and human experience cannot foretell, are now preparing. At this . . .

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