The Half Century: Or, a History of the Changes That Have Taken Place, and Events That Have Transpired, Chiefly in the United States, between 1800 and 1850

The Half Century: Or, a History of the Changes That Have Taken Place, and Events That Have Transpired, Chiefly in the United States, between 1800 and 1850

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The Half Century: Or, a History of the Changes That Have Taken Place, and Events That Have Transpired, Chiefly in the United States, between 1800 and 1850

The Half Century: Or, a History of the Changes That Have Taken Place, and Events That Have Transpired, Chiefly in the United States, between 1800 and 1850

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Centuries and half centuries are periods of time neither indicated by any movement in the heavens, nor coinciding with any distinct eras in the political or religious history of the world. They are arbitrary divisions of the one continuous movement of nature and of time, by which we are enabled the better to group and study successive events.

But these divisions, though arbitrary, have the same effect upon the mind as if they were natural. They enter into all our conceptions of past ages; they are made the landmarks of history; and they have so far affected the imagination, that those have not been wanting who have assigned to each century its own particular "mission." This is doubtless fanciful; still coincidences, more or less striking, do occur, and among these may be reckoned that between the opening and progress of the present . . .

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