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“the new America”–some things never change

June 3, 2013

–from a review of James Fenimore Cooper’s “Home as Found” published in 1838–

“….the new America. . .where mediocrity seemed in the ascendant, where manners no longer signified, where wealth more than breeding set the tone, where the very towns and dwellings in that age of rapid growth had become as tawdry as the lives in them were coarse.”

(published in Philip McFarland’s “Sea Dangers” 1985)

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  1. June 3, 2013 9:02 pm

    I thnk it goes even farther back in time. I thnk Aristotle said something about ill behaved young people. Or wait maybe, Was it David Hirzel?

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