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What I Saw in America

What I Saw in America by G. K. Chesterton
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“Let me begin my American impressions with two impressions I had before I went to America. One was an incident and the other an idea; and when taken together they illustrate the attitude I mean. The first principle is that nobody should be ashamed of thinking a thing funny because it is foreign; the second is that he should be ashamed of thinking it wrong because it is funny.” (Gilbert Keith Chesterton)

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WHAT I SAW IN AMERICA

BY

G. K. CHESTERTON

HODDER AND STOUGHTON

LIMITED LONDON

MCMXXII

Printed in Great Britain by T. and A. CONSTABLE LTD. at the Edinburgh University Press

Contents

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WHAT IS AMERICA? 1

A MEDITATION IN A NEW YORK HOTEL 19

A MEDITATION IN BROADWAY 33

IRISH AND OTHER INTERVIEWERS 47

SOME AMERICAN CITIES 63

IN THE AMERICAN COUNTRY 80

THE AMERICAN BUSINESS MAN 97

PRESIDENTS AND PROBLEMS 121

PROHIBITION IN FACT AND FANCY 145

FADS AND PUBLIC OPINION 163

THE EXTRAORDINARY AMERICAN 182

THE REPUBLICAN IN THE RUINS 195

IS THE ATLANTIC NARROWING? 208

LINCOLN AND LOST CAUSES 222

WELLS AND THE WORLD STATE 235

A NEW MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT 253

THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA 267

THE SPIRIT OF ENGLAND 281

THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY 295

What is America?

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