America and the American People (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, 16.01.2018 - 518 Seiten
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This work of baron von baumer which has been recently pub lished in Germany, although in good part of a didactic nature, will not it is thought be without interest for the American pub lie, on account of the reputation which this veteran historian has already acquired, the almost personal concernment of the topics he discusses to every American citizen, and the candid and kindly spirit in which he writes. His opinions on the whole respecting the institutions, the past history, and the future pros peets of this country, are in the highest degree favorable; and whenever he allows himself to find fault, which is but seldom, he does it with evident reluctance, and with the air of a friend whose admonitions are wholesome, and not with the bitterness of an enemy. The comparisons too, which he makes between many of the American institutions and the corresponding insti tutions of Europe, will be found useful and instructive. One virtue of his will not. Be the less esteemed on account of its rarity among writers in this country; and that is, that he has at least endeavored to make himself well acquainted with what he has undertaken to write about. He has also shown great and com mendable carefulness in every instance, not to violate the privi leges of a guest by exposing to the world the confidences of private and social intercourse, -a proceeding which some writers on both Sides of the water might imitate with advantage.

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