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The Universal self-instructor and manual of general reference

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ISBN 10: 0878060073 / ISBN 13: 9780878060078
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The Universal Self Instructor celebrated a rural America lit by oil lamps and welcomed, at the same time, an increasingly large urban population to a world suddenly larger than the farm. It issued the new city dwellers careful instructions about urbane behavior and outlined for them, with a preposterous naivete and a viewpoint still too wonder filled to be truly isolationist, the marvels of the universe. In facsimile edition, The Universal Self Instructor once again takes its place on bookshelves, still a source book but now one that unearths that extinct race of busy, hopeful men whose achievements, mistaken and otherwise, are our heritage. In her fine introduction, Annette K. Baxter examines the promises and perplexities of THE UNIVERSAL SELF INSTRUCTOR. A professor of history at Columbia University's Barnard College and Director of the American Studies Program there, Mrs. Baxter is a widely known critic and author who brings her special interest in the woman in America to her introduction to THE UNIVERSAL. Her name would define the times, and time was running out. Queen Victoria was sixty-four years old in 1883. That was the year that Karl Marx died in London, that Benito Mussolini was born in Predappio and the cigar rolling machine patented in New York. As the Orient Express steamed its way across Europe for the first time, Chester A. Arthur, President of thirty eight United States, opened the first telegraph line to Brazil with a message for Dom Pedro II, welcomed the Queen of Madagascar's diplomatic envoys and 603,022 foreign immigrants to the shores that would give forth that year 23,450,000 barrels of petroleum, more babies, and the Christian Temperance Union. The first woman would be appointed to the civil service, New Jersey would legalize labor unions, and Boston, North Platt, and Sunbury, Pennsylvania, would give birth, respectively, to vaudeville, W.F. Cody's Wild West Show, and the Edison Electric Illumination Corporation.

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