CONTEMPORARY NEW ENGLAND
IT seems proper at this juncture to present certain facts and figures with but little comment thereon. These are given because there are many people who still hesitate to accept the statement that the New England of 1875, which might well have been characterized as "Yankee Land" because it had developed its own culture and produced a type that was sui generis, has been the subject of conquest. The reader who acquaints himself with these hard, dry figures and compares them with figures that have to do with the homogeneous population of New England fifty and seventy-five years ago can come to his own conclusions. If he learns that a new and mongrel stock has been substituted for the generation that met the reaction following the Civil War, he will find further inquiry profitable.
New England, which is so-called because it was settled and occupied during the early Colonial period by Englishmen, comprises six states of the United States of America. It is bounded on the North by Canada, on the West by the State