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GREAT EPOCHS
IN AMERICAN

HISTORY

DESCRIBED BY FAMOUS WRITERS

FROM COLUMBUS TO ROOSEVELT

Edited, with Introductions and Explanatory Notes

By FRANCIS W. HALSEY
Associate Editor of The World's Famous Orations; Asso-
ciate Editor of The Best of the World's Classics”;

author of "The Old New York Frontier,etc.

PATRONS' EDITION. IN TEN VOLUMES

ILLUSTRATED

Vol. X
OUR OWN RECENT TIMES

1877-1911

FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY

NEW YORK AND LONDON

COPYRIGHT, 1912, BY

FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY

[Printed in the United States of America]
INTRODUCTION

(Our Own Recent Times)

During this, the last of our great epochs in American history, occurred the war with Spain. At its conclusion, not an acre of land in America was owned by the people for whom the Continent was discovered and by whom it was first explored and settled. This was the last of our five wars with foreign states. The first, the war with France, secured to North America Anglo-Saxon civilization instead of Latin; the Revolution created a new Federal republic; the war of 1812 demonstrated that we were a naval power able to cope with Europe; the war with Mexico secured for the national domain a territory larger than was acquired in the Louisiana Purchase; the war with Spain raised the Republic to a new and high level as a world power.

Within this epoch of thirty-five years marvelous progress was made. Territory after territory was relinquished from control by Congress and raised to autonomous distinction as a State, until

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