Excerpt from Our Republic: A Brief History of the American People
In the making of our Republic the deeds of pioneers, farmers, inventors, teachers, captains of labor, captains of industry, have been quite as important as the deeds of warriors and statesmen. This history, therefore, is not one of the drum and trumpet kind, nor is it one in which the politician always holds the center of the stage. A large share of attention is given to the every-day life of the people; to the movement which carried American civilization westward and built up a Union of States; to the growth of our industrial system; to the great inventions which have contributed so largely to our competency in material things. The treatment of topics bearing upon our economic development is unusually full for the reason that the economic factor in the history of a nation, especially in the history of the American nation, is a subject of transcendent importance. There is much in Bagehot's saying: The selling of figs, the cobbling of shoes, the manufacture of nails - these are the essence of life.
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