PHYSICAL NEW ENGLAND
It would doubtless serve a purpose if I confined myself to a statement of facts, like those already given, which graphically illustrate the manner in which the Yankee has been thrust aside in New England.
Meantime it is a matter of deep political concern that Americans should understand the causes that have recently operated to eliminate the influence and precedence of a stock which has helped greatly in framing their institutions.
I desire, therefore, prior to marking the sharp contrasts which the last fifty years have brought about in the customs and character of the people of New England, to suggest explanatory reasons. To do this satisfactorily it will be necessary to review the physical environment of the little community of states which is under discussion, study the character and accomplishments of the pioneers who first colonized and gave it fame, and then mark the forces from within and without that shaped its destiny.