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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 07, May, 1858 offers a diverse collection of essays, stories, and poems that provide a fascinating glimpse into the intellectual and cultural landscape of the mid-19th century. From discussions on politics and philosophy to captivating tales of adventure and romance, this issue showcases the breadth of talent and thought present in the literary world of the time.

One standout feature of this volume is the depth of insight and analysis present in each piece. Whether delving into the complexities of human nature or exploring the intricacies of societal structures, the authors demonstrate a keen understanding of the world around them. Additionally, the range of topics covered ensures that there is something for every reader to enjoy, making this issue a truly engaging and thought-provoking read.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 07, May, 1858 is a must-read for anyone interested in the literature and ideas of the 19th century. Its rich and varied content is sure to captivate and inspire readers of all backgrounds, making it a valuable addition to any library.

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VOL. I. MAY, 1858. NO. VII.


The results of the past ten or fifteen years in historical investigation are exceedingly mortifying to any one who has been proud to call himself a student of History. We had thought, perhaps, that we knew something of the origin of human events and the gradual development from the past into the world of to day. We had read Herodotus, and Gibbon, and Gillies, and done manful duty with Rollin. There were certain comfortable, definite facts in antiquity. Romulus and Remus were our friends; the transmission of the alphabet by the Phoenicians was a resting spot; the destruction of Babylon and the date of the Flood were fixed stations in the wilderness. In more modern periods, we had a refuge in the date of the discovery of America; and if we were forced back into the wilds and uncertainties of American History, Mr. Prescott soon restored to us the buried empires, and led us easily back through a few plain centuries.

Beyond these dates, indeed, there was a shadowy land, through whose changing mists could be seen sometimes the grand outlines of abandoned cities, or the faint forms of temples, or the graceful column or massive tomb, which marked the distant path of the advancing race: but these were scarcely more than visions for a moment, before darkness again covered the view... Continue reading book >>

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