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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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asylums for the unfortunate or the orphan; there
is the prison converted into the reformatory
institution—into a new school for the ignorant and
depraved children of the earth. Wherever they
come, they acknowledge aloud the name and doctrines
of the Master, who is “the way, the truth,
and the life.” The right of the Anglo-American
people to become a great people consists in
its Christianity. It is the spirit of the World’s
Redeemer which makes it the World’s Conqueror.

I have spoken of the progress of the new man
in the West; but I must, for the sake of justice,
also say a few words about the old man, for ah!
the old progresses equally with the new, and he
is here also, on the new earth, the same old Adam,
and drinks, and quarrels, and gambles, and steals,
and makes a fool of himself, and is puffed up
with pride, tout comme chez nous; and in the
Great West, on the Mississippi and the Pacific
Ocean, perhaps a little more so, because many
unconscientious adventurers are collected there, and
the counteracting powers have not yet gained an
ascendency. Freedom is still sowing its wild oats
here. One great difficulty in the cultivation of
the West is the great emigration thither of a large
portion of the most rude and indigent populations
of Europe, as well as the unfortunate children of

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