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THE MODEL REPUBLIC, ITS GLORY, OR ITS FALL:
WITH A REVIEW OF
The Causes of the Decline and Failure
THE REPUBLICS OF SOUTH AMERICA, MEXICO,
AND OF THE OLD WORLD;
“Breathes there a man with soul so dead,
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness—these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens."
For some time past, the publisher of this work has entertained the idea of presenting to the citizens of the Union, a volume devoted to national interests. Maturing his plans, he laid them before a number of friends-gentlemen distinguished alike for their patriotism, social standing, and wide-spread reputation and they were cordially endorsed as the promise, if carried out, of supplying a book really needed at this present crisis.
The gentlemen selected to write the various chapters, were chosen with reference to their ability to treat upon the subjects committed to their especial charge; and the publisher indulges the belief that their labor, careful research and investigation, joined with their conscientious desire to accomplish a work of so momentous interest, will be appreciated by every patriotic and reflective mind.
The subjects treated of concern not only the statesman and politician, but every American citizen, however humble or exalted—whether native or naturalized. They extend over a vast range of valuable facts and historical illus