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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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spiritual growth follows in its footsteps. Wherever
Americans establish themselves, the first buildings
that they erect, after their dwelling-houses and
places of business, are schools and churches; then
follow hotels and asylums. The West repeats
the cities, the institutions, and the cultivation of the
East, and their course is rapid and safe. First
you see in the wilderness some log houses, then
neat frame and small stone houses, then elegant
villas and cottages; and before many years are
over, there stands, as if by magic, a town with its
Capitol or State House, its handsome churches,
splendid hotels, academies, and institutions of all
kinds; and lectures are delivered, large newspapers
printed, government men are elected, public meetings
are convened, and resolutions passed on the
subject of popular education or intercourse with
the whole world; their railroads are made, canals
dug, ships built, rivers are traversed, forests are
penetrated, mountains are leveled, and, amid all
this, husbands build beautiful homes for their
wives, plant trees and flowers around them, and
woman rules as a monarch in the sacred world of
home—thus does the country increase, thus is
society arranged, and thus is a state prepared to take
its place as an independent member of the great
family group of states. And although two-thirds
of the population of the Mississippi Valley

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