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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 38, December, 1860   By:

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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 38, December, 1860 is a fascinating collection of essays, poetry, and short stories that provide a snapshot of the cultural and intellectual landscape of the mid-19th century. The diverse range of topics covered in this issue, from politics and literature to science and religion, offers readers a comprehensive look at the issues of the day.

One of the standout pieces in this volume is a thought-provoking essay on the state of the nation as the country teeters on the brink of civil war. The author's insight into the political climate and his call for unity and reconciliation is particularly poignant given the events that would unfold in the years following the publication of this issue.

The poetry featured in this issue is also worthy of praise, with several poets showcasing their talent for lyrical verse. The prose pieces included in this volume are equally engaging, with authors delving into topics as varied as the nature of love, the power of storytelling, and the mysteries of the natural world.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 38, December, 1860 is a captivating read that offers readers a window into the past and a reminder of the enduring power of literature to illuminate the human experience. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in history, literature, or the social and political issues of the 19th century.

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Speak of the relations between the United States and the Barbary Regencies at the beginning of the century, and most of our countrymen will understand the War with Tripoli. Ask them about that Yankee crusade against the Infidel, and you will find their knowledge of it limited to Preble's attack. On this bright spot in the story the American mind is fixed, regardless of the dish we were made to eat for five and twenty years. There is also current a vague notion, which sometimes takes the shape of an assertion, that we were the first nation who refused to pay tribute to the Moorish pirates, and thus, established a now principle in the maritime law of the Mediterranean. This, also, is a patriotic delusion. The money question between the President and the Pacha was simply one of amount. Our chief was willing to pay anything in reason; but Tripolitan prices were too high, and could not be submitted to.

The burning of the Philadelphia and the bombardment of Tripoli are much too fine a subject for rhetorical pyrotechnics to have escaped lecturers and orators of the Fourth of July school. We have all heard, time and again, how Preble, Decatur, Trippe, and Somers cannonaded, sabred, and blew up these pirates... Continue reading book >>

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