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Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 6, June 1864, Devoted to Literature and National Policy is a truly captivating compilation of essays, stories, and poems that captivate the reader's attention from start to finish. Published during a critical period in American history, this volume delves deep into the societal and political issues of the time, offering profound insights and thought-provoking commentary.

One of the standout features of this book is its diverse range of topics and writing styles. Each article presents a unique perspective, while collectively providing a comprehensive view of the concerns and debates that defined the era. From discussions on the importance of literature in shaping national policy to debates on the current state of the American education system, the contributors leave no stone unturned in exploring the pressing issues of their time.

The quality of writing throughout the volume is exceptional. The authors, many of whom are recognized intellectuals, convey their thoughts with eloquence and precision. Whether it is the exquisite prose of the short stories or the lyrical beauty of the poems, the literary craftsmanship on display is nothing short of remarkable. This creates an immersive reading experience that effectively transports the reader back to the 1860s, allowing them to understand the sentiments and concerns of the period.

Moreover, this volume shines a light on the power of literature and its role in shaping national identity. Several articles emphasize the importance of storytelling and its ability to foster empathy and unite people. The contributors argue that literature has the potential to shape public opinion, influence policy, and advance societal progress. These thought-provoking insights serve as a reminder of the enduring impact that literature, even from bygone eras, can have on the world.

As with any collection, not every piece may resonate equally with every reader. Some articles may feel a bit dated or inaccessible due to the passage of time. Nevertheless, the quality and depth of the majority of the contributions make up for any minor shortcomings.

In conclusion, Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 6, June 1864, Devoted to Literature and National Policy is a remarkable doorway into the intellectual landscape of 19th century America. Its thoughtfully curated content, spanning multiple genres and showcasing diverse viewpoints, offers a comprehensive perspective on the issues that occupied the minds of intellectuals during this historical period. Whether one is a history enthusiast, a literature lover, or simply curious about the social and political debates of the past, this volume is an enriching and engrossing read that comes highly recommended.

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VOL. V. JUNE, 1864. NO. VI.


Christianity is a fact. We sometimes hear of men who are said to 'deny' 'Christianity.' The expression is nonsense. Men cannot deny the sun. Christianity has been a visible thing, on this planet, for eighteen hundred years. It has done a heavy amount of work, which is very visible too. It is altogether too late in the day to ' deny Christianity.'

That is the first thing to be understood. There is no arguing against the fact. You must take the fact and make the best of it. If your theory requires the annihilation of the fact, it's a bad thing for your theory, for the fact insists on staying. What an amount of fearfully laborious stupidity we would have been saved, if only that plain principle had been remembered!

Christianity has stood face to face with the world, for ages, a hard, stern, uncompromising reality. With a pair of tremendous arms it has worked, fought, endured, conquered, destroyed, builded, all over the earth. It has burned its brand into time. It has stamped its footprints in fire and brightness on earth and sea. It so stands, a great, wonderful, triumphant, flaming fact, blazing through the ages, flaming to the stars, melting, moulding, enlightening humanity... Continue reading book >>

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