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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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and more vigorous human life. Many a thinking
man in the East has told me, "You will not
see the future of America, or the young American,
until you reach the West."

March 15. I have now spent a week with Mrs.
Kirkland in New York. Here I saw the young
traveler, Bayard Taylor, a handsome Yankee who
had just returned from California, and I was glad
to hear his stories from the land of gold, in
particular his accounts of the scenery, climate, plants,
and animals.

Apropos of him, I must beg leave to tell you a
little about what I think a Yankee is, or what he
seems to me to be; and by a Yankee is properly
understood one of the boys of New England, the
type of the “go-ahead America”—of young,
world-conquering America. He is a young man (no
matter if he be old) who makes his own way in the
world in full reliance on his own power, stops at
nothing, shrinks from nothing, finds nothing
impossible, tries everything, has faith in everything,
hopes everything, goes through everything, and
comes out of everything—ever the same. If he
falls, he immediately gets up again and says, “No
matter!” If he is unsuccessful, he says, “Try
again!” “Go ahead!” and he begins over again,
undertaking something else, and never stopping

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