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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 04, February, 1858 is a captivating collection of essays, stories, and poems that truly embody the spirit of the mid-19th century. The pieces in this volume cover a wide range of topics, from politics and social issues to personal anecdotes and reflections on nature.

The writing is eloquent and thought-provoking, drawing the reader in with vivid descriptions and powerful rhetoric. Each author brings a unique perspective to the table, offering diverse viewpoints that challenge and inspire readers to think more deeply about the world around them.

One of the standout pieces in this volume is a poignant essay on the challenges of modern life and the importance of staying true to oneself in a rapidly changing society. The author's words are both timely and timeless, resonating with readers on a personal level.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 04, February, 1858 is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the literary landscape of the mid-19th century. Its combination of engaging writing and thought-provoking content make it a valuable addition to any library or collection of classic literature.

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The crucial fact, in this epoch of commercial catastrophes, is not the stoppage of Smith, Jones, and Robinson, nor the suspension of specie payments by a greater or less number of banks, but the paralysis of the trade of the civilized globe. We have had presented to us, within the last quarter, the remarkable, though by no means novel, spectacle of a sudden overthrow of business, in the United States, in England, in France, and over the greater part of the Continent.

At a period of profound and almost universal peace, when there had been no marked deficit in the productiveness of industry, when there had been no extraordinary dissipation of its results by waste and extravagance, when no pestilence or famine or dark rumor of civil revolution had benumbed its energies, when the needs for its enterprise were seemingly as active and stimulating as ever, all its habitual functions are arrested, and shocks of disaster run along the ground from Chicago to Constantinople, toppling down innumerable well built structures, like the shock of some gigantic earthquake.

Everybody is of course struck by these phenomena, and everybody has his own way of accounting for them; it will not, therefore, appear presumptuous in us to offer a word on the common theme... Continue reading book >>

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