Memoirs of a Vanished Generation: 1813-1855 (Classic Reprint)by Alice Elizabeth Knox Blake
The characteristics of a people, their lives, their amusements, aspirations, hopes, and ambition, are nowhere portrayed more pleasantly and accurately than in contemporary memories or letter of their time. It is not only from the great events which affect a country that we learn its history, nor even from
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The characteristics of a people, their lives, their amusements, aspirations, hopes, and ambition, are nowhere portrayed more pleasantly and accurately than in contemporary memories or letter of their time. It is not only from the great events which affect a country that we learn its history, nor even from the intimate and minute details which memoirs and letters give us of the lives of the great men and women who have moulded and influenced its fortunes. They give a broad view of certain aspects of a country's life and history, and of the important questions which have affected it, or if we may use the expression a more panoramic view of the stage on which the drama of a country's fate has been played; but the field of vision is too wide, the ambitions and passions of the actors too complex, to present an accurate picture, or to convey a complete idea of the life, and existence, led by the vast majority of the people of a country.
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