At the end of the Revolutionary War, the American people turned their creative talents and undivided attention to improving their situation. EIGHTY YEARS OF PROGRESS presents a complete history of the nation's vast improvements in education and industry during this period. It illuminates the various channels of change, the resulting attention from other nations and the ensuing increase of the United States' influence internationally. This volume examines progress in agriculture, including the cultivation of cotton, developments in commerce and trade, and improvements in social and domestic life, art, design and education. Each discipline is addressed by a literary specialist in the field. Statistical information comparing the progress of the different states with one another and, to some extent, comparing the United States with other nations, is also included. This first of two volumes compiled and edited by L. Stebbins was originally published in 1861. Contributors include: Henry Barnard, LL.D.; Charles L. Flint; Thomas P. Kettell; Professor C. F. McCay; Frederick B. Perkins and T. Addison Richards Illustrated throughout with charts and black-and-white drawings.
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