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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865 offers a fascinating insight into the social and political landscape of America during the mid-19th century. The collection of essays, stories, and poems included in this volume cover a wide range of topics, from the aftermath of the Civil War to the changing roles of women in society.

One of the standout pieces in this volume is an essay that delves into the implications of the Emancipation Proclamation and the challenges faced by newly freed slaves. The author provides a thought-provoking analysis of the complex issues surrounding race and equality in post-war America.

Another highlight is a short story that follows the struggles of a young woman as she navigates the expectations placed upon her by society. The author skillfully captures the conflicting desires and limitations faced by women during this time period, making for a compelling read.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865 is a well-crafted collection of writings that offers a valuable glimpse into the mindset of Americans during a pivotal moment in history. The diverse range of perspectives presented in this volume makes it a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of the past.

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A Magazine of Literature, Art, and Politics.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.


The luxury of all summer's sweet sensation is to be found when one lies at length in the warm, fragrant grass, soaked with sunshine, aware of regions of blossoming clover and of a high heaven filled with the hum of innumerous bees.

It is that happy hum which seems to the closed eyes as if the silent sunbeams themselves had found a voice and were brimming the bending blue with music as they went about their busy chemistry that gives the chief charm to the moment; for it tunes the mind to its own key, the murmuring expression of all pleasant things, the chord of sunshine and perfume and flowers.

And it is, indeed, the sound of a process scarcely less subtile than the sunbeams' own, of that alchemy by which the limpid drop of sweet insipidity at the root of any petal is transformed to the pungent flavor and viscid drip of honey. A beautiful woman, weary of her frivolities, once half in jest envied the fate of Io, dwelling all day in the sun, all night in the starshine and dew, and fed on pasturage of violets; but there is the morning beam, the evening ray, the breeze, the dew, the spirit of the violet and of the cowslip, all gathered like a distillation and sealed into the combs, and this is the tune to which it is harvested... Continue reading book >>

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