The substance of political history, as of military or religious or scientific history, is "Perpetual motion": "Rest elsewhere." The United States of America have from the outset been continuously in political flux. They have radically changed their internal and federal relations, their economic relations, their international relations. The colonial period was marked by intercolonial disputes, but intracolonial affairs were comparatively restful and stagnant. From the moment of union and independence, however, politics, both internal and external, became the general passion, the universal sport, the controlling interest of men and women in every walk of life, in every class and of every stock.
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