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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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scarcely be more living and active anywhere than
it is here. The people of the United States have
warm hearts, and that which gives these people
their eternal prerogative of progress is their
imitation of Christ—I say the people of the United
and I maintain the assertion. Remove
slavery from its Southern States (and it will be
removed one of these days; already it is undermined
by Christianity and by emigration from the
North), and you will find there the same heart and
the same spirit.

The right of the people of North America to
be considered as one people and as a peculiar
people among the nations of the earth is founded upon
the character of its first emigrant colonies, they
who were peculiarly the creators of the society of
the New World, and who infused their spirit into
it. They were in part heroes of the faith, as
Puritans, Huguenots, and Herrnhuters, in part
warmhearted souls, such as Fox, Penn, Oglethorpe,
who had found their places in the Old World too
circumscribed for them, and who passed over to
the New World, there to establish their fraternal
associations and to create a more beautiful humanity.
The first settlers of America belonged to
the strongest and best portions of the European

I will now tell you something about those best

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