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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 26, December, 1859   By:

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In this collection of essays from The Atlantic Monthly, the reader is treated to a diverse array of thought-provoking topics. From discussions on religion and politics to literary criticism and social commentary, the essays cover a wide range of subjects that are sure to engage any reader.

One standout piece in this volume is an essay on the power of art to shape society and influence the course of history. The author argues that art has the ability to challenge conventional wisdom and inspire change, making a compelling case for the importance of creativity in shaping the world we live in.

Another highlight is a piece on the role of women in society, which explores the constraints that have historically limited women's opportunities for advancement. The author challenges readers to rethink traditional gender roles and consider how society can better support the aspirations of women.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 26, December, 1859 offers a thought-provoking collection of essays that will inspire readers to think critically about the world around them. Whether you're interested in politics, culture, or literature, this volume has something for everyone.

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In the winter of 1856, the outlook of the present writer, known somewhere as Samuel Absalom, became exceedingly troubled, and indeed scarcely respectable. As gold digger in California, Fortune had looked upon him unkindly, and he was grown to be one of the indifferent, ragged children of the earth. Those who came behind him might read as they ran, stamped on canvas once white, "Stockton Mills. Self Rising Flour!" the well known label in California, at that day, of greatest embarrassment.

One morning, after sleeping out the night in the streets of Oroville, he got up, and read these words, or some like them, in the village newspaper: "The heavy frost which fell last night brings with it at least one source of congratulation for our citizens. Soon the crowd of vagrant street sleepers, which infests our town, will be forced to go forth and work for warmer quarters. It has throughout this summer been the ever present nuisance and eyesore of our otherwise beautiful and romantic moonlit nights." "Listen to this scoundrel!" said he; "how he can insult an unfortunate man! Makes his own living braying, lying, and flinging dirt, and spits upon us sad devils who fail to do it in an honest manner! Ah, the times are changing in California! Once, no one knew but this battered hat I sit under might partially cover the head of a nobleman or man of honor; but men begin to show their quality by the outside, as they do elsewhere in the world, and are judged and spoken to accordingly... Continue reading book >>

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