America's Tragedy

America's Tragedy

America's Tragedy

America's Tragedy

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The story of the rise of the United States of America from a mere handful of settlers to a World Power is one of the great stories of history. For us it naturally has a peculiar interest but it is in itself peculiar. When the first pioneers ventured overseas to Virginia and next to Massachusetts, Europe was already old and made up of many nations of comparatively small geographic extent. The other new World Power, Japan, had a history of about twentyfive hundred years and a teeming population before she emerged from her obscurity. America alone of the great modern States started from nothing a little over three centuries ago, and had to people and subdue an entire continental expanse.

In this process two influences have been of prime importance, -- that of the frontier and that of sectionalism. The present volume is chiefly a study of the latter. It is not a book about the negro or slavery, nor is it another "Civil War book." The author has attempted to trace from the beginning the rise of that unhappy sectionalism between North and South which incidentally involved us in the greatest war we have ever fought, -- the first of modern wars, -- and which it would be folly to say has yet disappeared.

Sectionalism, whether that of the North and the South, that of the East and the West, or others, is still a living force moulding our destiny. For that reason any work dealing with the history of sectional conflicts, social, psychological, military or economic, is likely to arouse in some readers emotions of controversy. A word may therefore be permitted as to the background of the author of this vol-

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