America's working people by Charles Barzillai SpahrAmerica's working people by Charles Barzillai Spahr

America's working people

byCharles Barzillai Spahr

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900. Excerpt: ... THE NORTHERN FARM Emerson said, with pardonable exaggeration--before the immigration from the Continent set in--that the East was merely new England, and that "America begins with the Alleghanies.' With far less where America exaggeration, it may be said to-day that our begins cities are merely new Europe, and that "America begins with the rural districts." Before going to the Northwest to study farm-life there, I spent three days in as many rural communities in Maine, Vermont, and New York. So far as agricultural conditions were concerned, I hardly did more than break ground for my later inquiries. But I came back with a vivid impression of the Americanism of the rural districts which Western observation merely confirmed. The contrast with New York, where most of our foreign critics think they find America, was sharp in the extreme. In this city less than one person in four is of American parentage. In the rural districts less than one in four has any recollection of an immigrant ancestor. In this city there is almost the European separation of the rich and poor. The great wealth is the wealth of the few. Barely one family in four owns either its home or any industrial property whatever. In the rural districts the average wealth is small, but it is a common wealth. Less than one family in four is a tenant, and even the tenants usually own the stock and implements with which they do their work. Out of this economic independence and equality not only American political democracy but American social democracy has sprung. The social democracy permeates the whole people. The most conservative feel its spirit more than the majority of European Socialists. Not only all men but nearly all women treat each other without democracy arrogance and without servility. ...
Title:America's working peopleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217164862

ISBN - 13:9780217164863

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