The Country Town: A Study of Rural Evolution

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Baker & Taylor, 1906 - 302 páginas
This book endeavors to set forth rural changes in their historical, scientific, and social aspects. The introduction of rural mail delivery and the extension of the telephone system will improve the country environment. But the drift toward the city is determined almost wholly by economic causes, and this book looks at how the existing middle class of country dwellers can be assisted in continuing the universally important practice of agriculture. This volume addresses the social reconstruction and environmental improvements that can help save country towns.

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Página 299 - ... of mankind. It is certain the country people would soon degenerate into a kind of savages and barbarians, were there not such frequent returns of a stated time, in which the whole village meet together with their best faces, and in their cleanliest habits, to converse with one another upon different subjects, hear their duties explained to them,' and join together in adoration of the Supreme Being.
Página 181 - In rural occupation there is nothing mean and debasing. It leads a man forth among scenes of natural grandeur and beauty ; it leaves him to the workings of his own mind, operated upon by the purest and most elevating of external influences. Such a man may be simple and rough, but he cannot be vulgar.
Página 224 - But he who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god: he is no part of a state.
Página 183 - ... to accelerate the approach of the period when the great mass of American labor shall not find its employment in the field; when the young men of the country shall be obliged to -shut their eyes upon external nature, upon the heavens and the earth, and immerse themselves in close and unwholesome work-shops; when they shall be obliged to shut their ears to the...
Página 136 - A man, considered in his present state, seems only sent into the world to propagate his kind. He provides himself with a successor, and immediately quits his post to make room for him. He does not seem born to enjoy life, but to deliver it down to others.
Página 15 - The economy and thriftiness resulting from our household manufactures are such that they will never again be laid aside ; and nothing more salutary for us has ever happened than the British obstructions to our demands for their manufactures.
Página 79 - ... citizens, and then what should be the size and character of the country. Most persons think that a state in order to be happy ought to be large; but even if they are right, they have no idea what is a large and what a small state. For they judge of the size of the city by the number of the inhabitants; whereas they ought to regard, not their number, but their power. A city too, like an individual, has a work to do; and that city which is best adapted to the fulfillment of its work is to be deemed...
Página 15 - Here we do little in the fine way, but in coarse and middling goods a great deal. Every family in the country is a manufactory within itself, and is very generally able to make within itself all the stouter and middling stuffs for its own clothing and household use. We consider a sheep for every person in *the family as sufficient to clothe it, in addition to the cotton, hemp and flax which we raise ourselves.
Página 10 - If we would study with profit the history of our ancestors, we must be constantly on our guard against that delusion which the well-known names of families, places, and offices naturally produce, and must never forget that the country of which we read was a very different country from that in which we live.
Página 13 - ... about two-thirds of the clothing, including hosiery, and of the house and table linen, worn and used by the inhabitants of the United States, who do not reside in cities, is the product of family manufactures.

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